March 31, 2011 There were 6,000 fewer first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week,the Employment and Training Administration says.
They're likely to push other prices up too: Tuesday's pump prices in Portland, Ore.
March 31, 2011 "We're seeing cost increases starting to come through at a pretty rapid rate," Bill Simon tells USA Today. Some will be passed along to consumers, he says.
March 29, 2011 Inflation fears and anxiety about personal incomes drove the decline.
March 29, 2011 "The housing market recession is not yet over," says Standard & Poor's economist David Blitzer.
March 28, 2011 Economists watch consumer spending closely because it accounts for about 70 percent of all that's spent on goods and services in the U.S. But when spending rises because of a sharp increase in prices, not demand, that's not great news.
March 25, 2011 But rising oil prices could dampen growth this year.
March 24, 2011 While the news on unemployment insurance was positive, the data on orders weren't.
Sign of the times: At a development in Volo, Ill., earlier this month.
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March 23, 2011 A huge inventory of foreclosed homes continues to weigh down demand for newly constructed houses.
March 21, 2011 Sales of "distressed homes" — mostly those where lenders have foreclosed — continue to push down prices.
March 17, 2011 Higher food and energy costs pushed prices up the most for any month since mid-2009. Meanwhile, claims for jobless benefits have declined in three of the past four weeks.
March 16, 2011 It was the largest one-month increase in nearly two years and was driven by sharply higher food and energy costs. Meanwhile, housing starts plunged in February.
March 15, 2011 And "conditions in the labor market appear to be improving gradually," central bank policymakers say. But they are silent on what, if any, effects the crisis in Japan may have on the global economy.
March 11, 2011 Retail sales rose 1 percent in February from January and were up 8.9 percent from February 2010, the Census Bureau says.
March 10, 2011 Some of the increase may be because claims had been pushed down the previous week because of holidays.
March 9, 2011 There are now 1,210 billionaires in the world, with a combined net worth of $4.5 trillion, according to Forbes. The Asian Pacific region had a big year. So did Facebook, with six people on the billionaires' list.
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