Employees at a Papa John's in New Hyde Park, N.Y., make pizzas in 2012. Restaurant employees have been a focus of debate on Obamacare coverage.
July 30, 2013 Are employers already cutting hours and jobs to avoid pending requirements of the Affordable Care Act? As with so many of the issues surrounding Obamacare, the answers are all over the map.
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July 25, 2013 While there was a small increase in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the rise was largely due to annual shutdowns for retooling at car plants. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods rose last month.
President Obama during his address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
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July 24, 2013 With a speech that echoed many of those given in his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, the president launched another effort to lay out his vision for how to strengthen the U.S. economy.
A new home that was under construction earlier this year in San Mateo, Calif.
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July 24, 2013 The housing sector has been one of the economy's bright spots, and shows no signs of slowing despite rising mortgage rates.
July 17, 2013 The central bank's latest "Beige Book" review of conditions around the nation adds to evidence that the economy continues to chug along.
A surge in prices at the pump fueled inflation in June.
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July 12, 2013 A surge in the cost of gasoline fueled a sharp increase in wholesale prices last month. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News is reporting that former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wants to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.
July 11, 2013 The increase — of 16,000 claims — may be mostly due to seasonal shutdowns of auto plants, which are retooling.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a news conference in June. Financial markets reacted to comments he made then by selling off bonds and stocks.
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July 10, 2013 The minutes of the Federal Reserve's June meeting will be released a 2 p.m. That's the meeting chairman Bernanke said the Fed could begin to think about reducing the amount of money it pumps into the economy.
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At a job fair in Los Angeles last month, job seekers filled out applications.
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July 5, 2013 There were 195,000 jobs added to payrolls last month, but the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. That was unchanged from May.
The scene at a career fair in New York City last October.
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July 5, 2013 When the Labor Department releases June's employment report Friday morning, economists also expect to hear that 165,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month.
A help wanted sign in the window of a clothing store in Pasadena, Calif., last month.
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July 3, 2013 In advance of Friday's much-anticipated June employment news, three other reports point upward.
June 26, 2013 Gross domestic product expanded at a rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter, down from the 2.4 percent pace previously reported.
If consumers are feeling better, they may be more apt to spend — which could mean better job growth down the road.
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June 25, 2013 It looks like many Americans are feeling better about how the economy is doing. That could translate into more spending, which in turn could help boost job growth.
June 20, 2013 The level, however, remains consistent with moderate job growth.
June 13, 2013 There were fewer people applying for unemployment insurance last week. And in May, consumers spent more — particularly on cars.
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