Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaking Monday in Chicago.
March 31, 2014 What may seem like bad news from the central bank chief — "the recovery still feels like a recession to many Americans" — was good news to investors trying to gauge the Fed's next move. Here's why.
Indian schoolchildren wait in line for food at a government primary school in Hyderabad, India. Consistent access to nutritious food and clean water is key to helping children thrive, researchers say.
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March 27, 2014 It seems to make sense that economic growth automatically leads to better nutrition for children, and better health. But an analysis of 36 countries finds that's not true.
March 27, 2014 The news about both last quarter and last week is positive. Fewer people signed up for unemployment insurance last week, and consumer spending was stronger than previously thought in late 2013.
March 20, 2014 Analysts say the latest data are a sign that job growth might be better than expected this month. Claims are running at roughly the same pace they set before the last recession.
March 13, 2014 There were 315,000 new applications for unemployment insurance filed last week, down 9,000 from the week before. It's the latest sign that the labor market is gaining some strength.
The scene at a job fair for veterans earlier this year in Washington, D.C.
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March 7, 2014 There were 175,000 jobs added to payrolls last month. That's about 25,000 more than economists forecast. The unemployment rate, though, edged up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in January.
February 28, 2014 Consumer spending wasn't as strong in the fourth quarter as first estimated. So, it's now thought that GDP grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate, not the earlier estimate of 3.2 percent.
February 27, 2014 Thursday's economic news isn't great. More people applied for unemployment benefits and demand for some factory goods was down.
A home for sale earlier this month in San Francisco.
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February 25, 2014 Prices rose more than 13 percent in major cities across the nation in 2013. But there are signs that the best gains are behind for that key part of the economy.
As the weather warms, will more signs such as this pop up? Economists say the latest data on claims for unemployment benefits may signal that better times are ahead.
February 20, 2014 Although the number of applications declined by just 3,000 last week, it appears employers have not been chopping more jobs in recent weeks. Economists say that bodes well for coming months.
February 13, 2014 The 339,000 claims for benefits filed last week marked an increase of 8,000 from the week before. Economists are hoping that once winter ends, hiring will pick up.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
February 11, 2014 The central bank's new chair makes her first appearance before Congress since being confirmed. She'll also say that the economy picked up speed last year and will likely continue to grow at a "moderate pace" this year and next.
February 7, 2014 While the jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January from December's 6.7 percent, only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls. That's well below what was expected.
The scene at a Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans last month in Washington, D.C.
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February 6, 2014 Fewer Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week. But Friday's much-anticipated report on payroll growth and unemployment in January may not offer particularly good news, economists say.
The scene last November at a jobs fair in New York City.
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February 5, 2014 The ADP National Employment Report shows slow but solid growth. But will Friday's survey from the Labor Department agree? A month ago, the two reports reached very different conclusions about job growth at the end of 2013.
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