May 31, 2011 Anxiety about the job market, inflation and the general economic outlook combined to push down consumer confidence in May, the private Conference Board business research group says.
When the housing bubble burst, many homes went into foreclosure — further depressing prices.
May 31, 2011 There's confirmation now that the housing market has taken a "double dip" and that prices are down to mid-2002 levels, the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller report says.
May 26, 2011 There were 424,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, and the increase is a sign that the labor market remains sluggish.
May 13, 2011 The government says that a bad economy has shortened the lives of the trust funds that support the nation's two biggest benefit programs.
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May 13, 2011 Higher prices for gasoline accounted for almost half of the 0.4 percent increase last month.
May 12, 2011 The president also cautioned that while the economy appears to be on the mend, it will take "several years for us to get back to where we need to be."
May 12, 2011 A trio of economic indicators add to the economic puzzle.
May 6, 2011 It's often the case that as the economy gains strength and employment begins to go up, the jobless rate remains high or even rises a bit as more people begin to look for work and get counted as part of the labor force.
May 5, 2011 At 474,000, claims were at an eight-month high. Meanwhile, General Motors said it earned $3.2 billion in the first quarter.
May 4, 2011 According to the ADP National Employment Report, private employers added 179,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, vs. 207,000 in March. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April estimates.
April 29, 2011 While there was a solid-sounding 0.6 percent gain in personal spending in March from February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says most of that increase was not "real." Higher prices for gas and food drove the increase.
April 28, 2011 The growth rate slowed from fourth-quarter 2010's 3.1 percent pace. Meanwhile, the number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 25,000 last week.
April 27, 2011 Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will have more to say about current conditions when he holds a news conference later this afternoon.
April 26, 2011 The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index is one gauge of how consumers are feeling.
Signs of the times: in Miami on Feb. 11.
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April 26, 2011 "There is very little, if any, good news about housing," says David M. Blitzer, who oversees the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.
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