The number of people signing up for unemployment insurance for the first time dipped again last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.
It said 450,000 out-of-work folks applied for the benefits, a drop of 3,000 from the previous week and the third decline in four weeks.
Fewer is better than more, but as we reported just a short time ago there's other not-so-great economic news this morning: Home foreclosures hit an all-time high last month according to one widely watched measure.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says wholesale prices rose 0.4% in August from July. Over the past year, though, those prices have risen 3.1%. Sometimes, inflation can be a welcome sign — if it's telling us that demand is picking up.