Louis Uchitelle has covered economics for The New York Times since 1987, focusing on business issues, monetary and fiscal policy and labor trends, particularly the unwinding of job security and the spread of layoffs. He originated and served as lead reporter for a series of seven stories published in March 1996 that explored the layoff phenomenon. The series, “The Downsizing of America,’’ won a Polk Award.
He also is the author of “The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences,’’ published by Knopf in 2006. He reported extensively on the Federal Reserve during Alan Greenspan’s early years as chairman and produced, for The Times Magazine, the first detailed magazine profile of Mr. Greenspan’s performance.
In the early 1990s, he spent weeks in Russia and Ukraine reporting on the former Soviet Union’s plunge into capitalism. He was the only journalist from a major American publication sent to concentrate on the economic transformation then taking place.
Mr. Uchitelle was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in 2002-03 and taught journalism for many years at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Before joining The Times, he worked for The Associated Press as a reporter, an editor and a foreign correspondent in Latin America. He and his wife, Joan Uchitelle, live in Scarsdale, N.Y. They have two grown daughters.
ARTICLES BY LOUIS UCHITELLE
The McCain and Obama campaigns responded quickly to a report that the jobless rate jumped to 6.1 percent in August.September 6, 2008
Oil prices are falling but manufacturers have not dropped oil-related price increases they made this year.September 3, 2008
The gross domestic product is all well and good, but as a stand-in gauge for the nation’s overall well-being, this supernumber is less than perfect.August 31, 2008
Declining oil prices have eased inflationary pressures for the moment, but that hasn’t halted the Federal Reserve’s debate over whether to raise interest rates.August 25, 2008
The chairman of the Federal Reserve outlined an ambitious proposal for overseeing the credit markets and preventing a rerun of the current crisis.August 23, 2008
A surge in U.S. commodity exports is a relief in an otherwise bleak economy, but it is an unreliable prop for an industrial power.August 18, 2008
Policymakers seemed to put slightly less emphasis on the inflationary risks of keeping rates low than they had at their last meeting.August 6, 2008
Oil prices touched a three-month low, sending stocks soaring, while the Fed decided to keep its key rate steady.August 6, 2008
Payrolls contracted for the seventh consecutive month, but the loss was less than the 75,000 jobs that economists had expected.August 2, 2008
The Federal Reserve’s policy makers assume that people eventually demand and get higher pay, but they differ sharply on how quickly that pressure could emerge.August 1, 2008
Women in the workplace are being afflicted by the same troubles as men. And they are responding as men have, by dropping out or disappearing for a while.July 22, 2008
The unemployment rate held steady as 62,000 jobs disappeared in June, the Labor Department reported.July 4, 2008
The decision to halt a stream of rate cuts signaled concern that rising oil prices will push up the costs of goods and services.June 26, 2008
Democratic president candidate Sen Barack Obama names Jason Furman, economist closely associated with Robert E Rubin, who served as Pres Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary, as his economic policy director; AFL-CIO president John J Sweeney criticizes move; says 'Rubinomics' focused to much on corporate America and not enough on workers; Rubin says he totally supports Obama; photosJune 12, 2008
Companies that make hard goods using raw materials derived from oil are seeing their costs skyrocket and pondering difficult choices.June 8, 2008
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