Scroll to the top

Ian Explains: Is the US economy good or bad?

Ian Explains: Is the US economy good or bad?
Is the US economy good or bad? | Ian Bremmer explains | GZERO World

What’s going on with the US economy? On Ian Explains, Ian Bremmer breaks down the confusing state of America’s financial health.

Trying to make sense of economic indicators right now can be an exercise in illogic: unemployment is down, but inflation is still stubbornly sticky. Interest rates are higher than they’ve been in two decades, but stock indexes are closing at record highs. Adding to confusion, the upcoming US presidential election means that the economy is front and center, but Democrats and Republicans have a partisan interest in making things seem worse or better than they actually are. So what’s really going on?

When you look at the world’s post-Covid recovery, America is an outlier. US GDP grew faster than any other advanced economy last year. Wages are rising faster than they have in years, inflation, while sticky, is nowhere near its 2022 highs, and unemployment has been under 4% for the longest stretch since the 1960s. So why do only 28% of US voters have a positive view of the economy right now? Some economists are calling this moment “vibe-cession,” warning the negative “vibes” could have a major impact on the presidential election in November.

Catch GZERO World with Ian Bremmer every week at or on US public television. Check local listings.


Subscribe to GZERO's daily newsletter