Economy


From L to R: Kyona Kelley, Porche Vann, Yeshera Douglas protest for higher wages outside a Little Caesar's in Fayetteville.
‘I Make Less Than a Two-Topping Pizza’: Inside NC’s Fight for a $15 Wage

As President Biden calls for a $15 federal minimum age, some in NC are struggling to make ends meet today.

Tenants' rights advocates demonstrate in front of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston on Jan. 13. ( Image via AP/Michael Dwyer)
NC Tenants Have Rights in This Pandemic. And a ‘Wall of Shame’ May Violate Them.

With a national and state moratoriums on evictions in place, a Charlotte landlord posted a “Wall of Shame” about tenants who were behind in rent.

caravans of fast food workers circling McDonald's in demands for an increase in minimum wage
Democrats Introduce a Bill To Raise the Minimum Wage—A New Study Says That Could Help Save Infant Lives

The bill would double the federal minimum wage. A new study says it could also help reduce infant mortalities.

Janet Yellen raising her right hand during swearing in ceremony
Yellen to Focus on ‘Helping Families Keep a Roof Over Their Head’ as New Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen received bipartisan support in her historic appointment as secretary of the Treasury Tuesday. She’s aiming her first big policies at alleviating the economic suffering of women, who saw major losses in the pandemic’s unemployment crisis.

menus at a restaurant closed due to COVID shutdowns
Despite Claims to the Contrary, Data Shows Shutdowns Weren’t the Major Force Behind Job Losses

New data shows people in the United States started staying at home before government officials ordered any shutdowns.

Biden signs executive orders dismanting the 1776 Commission and report
Biden Takes Aim at America’s Growing Hunger Crisis With Executive Orders

Around 40 million Americans say they don't have enough to eat, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau.

U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden delivered remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response, and signed executive orders and other presidential actions. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Biden Signed Nearly 30 Executive Orders. Here Are 3 That Can Help Your Hometown Now.

An eviction moratorium, mask mandate, and student loan pause can help bolster local economies and reduce the spread of COVID-19.