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Patrice Hill

Patrice Hill

Patrice Hill has been chief economics correspondent at The Washington Times since 1994. She previously was a Washington correspondent for the Daily Bond Buyer and worked for Securities Week and Inside E.P.A. She started her career writing a consumer action column carried by the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.

Her feature stories showing how the average guy is affected by significant economic trends have earned more than a dozen awards from the Maryland-D.C. Press Association, the Chesapeake-AP Press Association, the Virginia Press Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Oberlin College.

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Articles by Patrice Hill

A column of smoke rises from an oil refinery in Baiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, on Thursday. Sunni Muslim extremists who have taken over large portions of northern Iraq have shown their willingness to use oil supplies as a weapon. (Associated Press)

U.S. oil flow helps keep prices in check as threats rise overseas

America's growing energy independence is paying major dividends this spring, helping to keep a lid on fuel prices despite sudden threats to major global oil supplies in Iraq and Russia that in the past would have sent prices soaring. Published June 19, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for U.S. growth this year, reflecting a shrinking economy last quarter caused mostly by harsh weather. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Federal Reserve sees stronger growth in second half

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was upbeat Wednesday about the prospects for stronger growth in the 3 percent range in the second half of the year after the economy took a rare dip in the first quarter. Published June 18, 2014

One of the email addresses of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy apparently has been scrubbed. (Associated Press)

Coal-mining jobs 'in free-fall' after EPA regs

The nation's coal mines are closing down so rapidly in the wake of a raft of federal environmental regulations targeting coal that mining employment is now in a "free fall," according to a new report from a leading industry research firm. Published June 12, 2014

The Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant is shown under construction in Augusta, Georgia in 2012. One of the existing reactors is shown in the background. (Associated Press)

Nuclear industry sees revival with carbon goals

The Obama administration's proposed regulations for power plants would give a big boost to nuclear power as the industry faces an uncertain future with increasing retirements and declining prospects for dozens of aging reactors. Published June 8, 2014

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, Luis Mendez, 23, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, wait in line at a job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. Employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December after averaging 214,000 in the previous four months. The Labor Department said Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, that the unemployment rate fell from 7 percent in November to 6.7 percent, its lowest level since October 2008. But the drop occurred mostly because many Americans stopped looking for jobs. Once people without jobs stop looking for one, the government no longer counts them as unemployed. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

May job gains put U.S. over peak set in January 2008

A gain of 217,000 jobs last month sent U.S. total employment past its previous peak of 138.4 million, set in January 2008 just after the Great Recession began, the Labor Department reported Friday. Published June 8, 2014

A job hunter fills out an employment application at the Fort Lauderdale Career Fair in Dania Beach, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008, the Labor Department announced. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

U.S. surpassed pre-recession peak in jobs in May

A gain of 217,000 jobs last month sent U.S. total employment past its previous peak of 138.4 million, set in January 2008 just after the Great Recession began, the Labor Department reported Friday. Published June 6, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Melvin Watt of North Carolina addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

S&P: Fannie, Freddie needed to sustain housing rebound

Standard & Poor's Corp., one of Wall Street's top credit agencies, said Tuesday that the fragile housing recovery cannot continue without support from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage finance giants many in Congress seem bent on eliminating. Published June 3, 2014

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping smile during a signing ceremony in Shanghai of a long-awaited, 30-year deal to buy Russian natural gas. (Associated Press)

Russia's Putin gains strategic victory with Chinese natural gas deal

In the tit-for-tat economic war between the United States and Russia this year, Moscow has scored a significant victory with its monumental deal to provide natural gas to China, directly challenging U.S. attempts to isolate Russia with economic sanctions. Published May 25, 2014

Unique dips her head in the fountain, cooling off from the heat.

(Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

Power companies bulk up for summer load

As the first day of scorching summer heat set in over Washington, D.C., and the rest of the East Coast Tuesday, the principal power provider in the mid-Atlantic said it has more than enough capacity to handle a hot summer with high demands on air conditioning. Published May 13, 2014

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen listen to questions after addressing a luncheon at the Economic Club of New York, Wednesday April 16, 2014. Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Fed sees no 'sharp' slowdown

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday noted the "sharp" slowdown in the U.S. economy in the first quarter, when growth nearly stalled to a 0.1 percent pace, but did not indicate that would change its plans to gradually remove stimulus from the economy. Published April 30, 2014

The Senate Banking Committee this month is expected to mark up the bipartisan bill drafted last month by Chairman Tim Johnson, South Dakota Democrat (left), and the committee's ranking minority member, Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Republican (right), The bill would phase out Fannie and Freddie while setting up a new agency to offer a much more limited government guarantee on securities backed by prime mortgages. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Stalemate on the Hill may spare Fannie and Freddie from reform

Stepped-up demands from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans are threatening the prospects for legislation to revive and reform the private mortgage market, six years after it collapsed and largely disappeared during the Great Recession. Published April 21, 2014

A Chinese clerk counts U.S. dollars in exchange for Chinese renminbi at a Hefei, China, bank. (Associated Press)

U.S. Treasury warns China on currency

In unusually pointed language, the U.S. Treasury on Tuesday warned China and Japan that it is closely watching them out of concern they may be intentionally depreciating their currencies to gain an advantage in trade with U.S. competitors. Published April 15, 2014

** FILE ** International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde accompanied by IMFC Chair and Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, arrive for a news conference during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, Saturday, April 12, 2014. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

IMF gives U.S. Congress year-end deadline for passing reforms

The 188 members of the International Monetary Fund on Sunday gave the U.S. Congress until the end of the year to pass reforms giving large emerging countries like Russia and China a greater say in the Bretton Woods Institution, after which they may make plans to reform the IMF without the U.S. Published April 14, 2014