June 30, 2011 There were 428,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, a decrease of just 1,000 from the previous week, the Employment and Training Administration says.
June 28, 2011 Since consumers buy about 70 percent of all goods and services, their mood is a critical indicator of how strong the economy will be in coming months. The index that gauges confidence is more than 40 points below the reading for a healthy economy.
June 9, 2011 file photo: a "sold" sign in Seattle.
June 28, 2011 While welcome news, it's too soon to say whether the ailing housing market is on the mend.
June 23, 2011 The housing sector continues to struggle.
June 23, 2011 They continue to run at a pace well above the level normally associated with a healthy economy.
June 22, 2011 Higher food and energy prices, disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and a depressed housing sector continue to be drags on growth, the central bank says.
June 21, 2011 The reasons include bad weather and higher gasoline prices. Regardless, sales were down nearly 4 percent in May from April and were off more than 15 percent from a year earlier.
June 17, 2011 The gauge still points to "choppy" growth in coming months, though, according to Conference Board economists.
A bad day on Wall Street can make one yearn to do something else. (File photo from Nov. 5, 2008.)
June 16, 2011 About 1 million fewer people a month are quitting their jobs than in previous years. Many either can't find anything better or are too nervous to go looking.
June 16, 2011 The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 16,000 last week. Meanwhile, housing starts rose by 3.5 percent in May from April.
March 22, 2011: A job fair in San Jose, Calif.
June 15, 2011 The manufacturers and others with jobs to fill need workers with strong, basic skills. And that may require steering more young people into vocations and giving up the idea that everyone should have the chance to go to college.
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June 15, 2011 Output had fallen 0.5 percent the previous month.
June 15, 2011 The smallest increase since November was due to a 2 percent decline in gasoline prices.
June 14, 2011 The decline in retail sales is among several recent signs that economic growth is slowing.
June 13, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's at stake in this economy, and the opinion page looks at the crackdown in Syria. In the second hour, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions about public education, No Child Left Behind and improving schools amid widespread budget cuts.
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