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The Economy

"The state of the economy is very important because it affects every aspect of our lives."
~John M. Roberts~

The economy encompasses most of the conditions that touch the lives and livelihoods of every single one of us, starting in homes and spreading throughout neighborhoods, small towns, cities, counties, states, and countries, and it has far reaching affects that stretch around the whole world.

The economy manifests itself as an orderly, and sometimes disorderly, system of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and resources. This also include finances, employment figures, spending, savings, investing, and the accumulation and sharing of wealth.

Factors that influence the economy are numerous and far reaching. Manufacturing, industrial output, farming, ranching, fishing, mining, forestry, energy production, the housing market, and the service industry are all elements that may have a positive or negative impact on the economy at any given time.

The state of the economy affects everyone in one form or another. In times of good economic news, unemployment figures usually go down because it becomes easier for those who are looking for jobs to get work. Stock prices rise, housing starts go up, and there is an overall feeling of prosperity as people have more money to spend.

But during time of an economic slowdown, the opposite takes place. There may be layoffs and factory closures, and a decrease in factory output that trickle down to other businesses. Stock markets may take a dive and consumers often become concerned about the state of their finances.

Ripple effects in the economy of one country may stretch around the world when certain events take place, like rising oil and gas prices, drought, war, earthquakes, floods, storms, and other events, such as the lowering of energy prices, strong employment figures, and rising stock prices.

And there are economic ups and downs that come and go over periods of time, called economic cycles. These cycles may come yearly, every other year, every five years, every ten years, and so on.

What happens during economic cycles depends on how strong the economy is and how consumers react to the different correction methods that the government impliment to either increase or slow down consumer spending.

Governments often put controls in place to help keep their economies in balance. Stimulus packages are often employed when the economy is stagnant, sluggish, or during periods of recession.

To speed up economic recovery, there may be interest rate cuts and/or income tax rebates given in hopes of stimulating the economy by giving consumers more money to spend.

During times of inflation, governments may find it necessary to raise interest rates, making it more expensive for consumers to buy homes, cars, food, clothing, and many other items.

The hope is that borrowing, spending, and the use of credit cards will go down, causing a stockpile of warehoused goods, thereby slowing the increase of prices or bringing them down somewhat.

The state of the economy is a daily news talking point because of it's importance in all aspects of our lives.

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