– Tesla boss Elon Musk backtracks on job cuts after saying that 10% of workers would be laid off
–  Federal Reserve expected to address 40-year-highs in inflation with interest rate hikes 
– North Carolina lawmakers propose a $200 tax refund for drivers
– US gas price continued climbing on Monday, now over $4.86 per gallon on average
Unemployment falls to lowest rate since 1969, May jobs report shows
Treasury Secretary Yellen says she was "wrong" about the path of inflation
– A few helpful tips for saving money
– California State Disability Insurance scheme: the lowdown
– Why are mortgage rates beginning to decrease in the US?
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"Today, thanks to the economic plan and the vaccination plan that my administration put into action, America has achieved the most robust recovery in modern history just two years removed from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. 
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"A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds that President Joe Biden’s approval rating on a number of key issues—including economic recovery, inflation, and gas prices—remains underwater with the American public, as a majority disapprove of the job the president is doing. "

"Only a quarter approve of Biden’s handling of inflation (28%) and gas prices (27%). Notably, Biden only earns a bare majority of Democrats’ support on both of these issues: 56% of Democrats approve of the job he’s doing on inflation, and 51% feel the same about gas prices."
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Annual government reports by trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs released on Thursday said that their financial health improved slightly in 2021 on the back of a strong post-pandemic economic recovery. However, the long-term solvency of the programs is still uncertain unless lawmakers take steps to shore up long-term financing shortfalls.
“Taking action sooner rather than later will allow consideration of a broader range of solutions and provide more time to phase in changes so that the public has adequate time to prepare.,”  the trustees said.
Gas prices expected to exceed $5 per gallon
Over the weekend AAA found that the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States had reached $4.85, once again breaking the national record. Diesel prices are also at a record high, affecting industries and businesses, with the cost expected to be passed on to consumers. GasBuddy’s Patrick De Haan thinks that the price rises will continue for as long as the demand for gas exceeds the oil refineries' supply. 
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Is Elon Musk going to sack 10% of Tesla staff?
In an email to company executives last Thursday, Elon Musk said that he had a "super bad feeling" about the US economy necessitating job cuts. In a separate email on Friday he informed workers that the electric car maker was "overstaffed in many areas" and Tesla would reduce salaried headcount by 10 percent.
However Musk reversed course on Saturday, tweeting that "total headcount will increase, but salaried should be fairly flat." The company and its subsidiaries employed around 100,000 people at the end of 2021.
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Speaking to CNN over the weekend, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo dismissed claims that the Biden administration has been caught flat footed in response to economic crises.
Raimondo said: "Yes, inflation is a problem. In no way do i want to minimize that. The Fed is independent, they are taking action and you're already starting to see that. But fundamentally what we have here is a robust economic recovery. And I think that's in large part due to the President's leadership."
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Welcome to our dedicated financial news live feed, bringing you all the latest information from the United States on the continued high price rises. President Biden is tasked with bringing down the record-high cost of gasoline. 
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