Meatballs over pasta from Michel Richard's restaurant in Washington, D.C.
December 29, 2011 What's not to love about a meatball? Restaurateurs are discovering these thrifty orbs as a comforting cure for hard times.
December 29, 2011 There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the Employment and Training Administration says. It's the first increase in four weeks.
December 27, 2011 The Conference Board's gauge of consumer sentiment is back at a level not seen since last April. That could bode well for consumer spending — and the economy in general — in coming months.
Renzo Salazar, from Real Signs of Ace Post Holding Inc., placed a bank owned sign on top of a for sale sign outside a foreclosed home in Miami last month.
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December 27, 2011 Home prices fell from September to October in 19 of the 20 cities where it tracks the real estate markets, according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.
December 22, 2011 While that news points to a still sluggish economy, there's also word of another downward tick in first-time claims for jobless benefits — a welcome sign. Claims are running at their lowest level since the spring of 2008.
A "sold" sign outside a home in Pasadena, Calif., in September 2009. New data show fewer such sales that year.
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December 21, 2011 While it says sales of existing homes rose 4 percent in November from October, the National Association of Realtors also reported today that there were about 2.9 million fewer homes sold from the start of 2007 through the end of 2010 than thought.
December 15, 2011 The decline was not expected. It brings claims down closer to a level associated with an improving labor market.
December 13, 2011 Policymakers expect unemployment will continue to gradually decline and that inflation will remain in check.
December 8, 2011 There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 23,000 from the previous week.
A job fair in San Francisco last month.
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December 2, 2011 The highly anticipated news brought a surprise: The unemployment rate had been expected to stay at 9 percent. But it fell in part because of an increase in the number of "discouraged" workers. They've given up looking for jobs.
December 1, 2011 There were 6,000 more first-time claims last week than the week before. On Friday, there will be more job-related news when we hear about the November unemployment rate and job growth.
Trader Gerard Farco, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.
December 1, 2011 The euphoria over central banks' moves to ease Europe's credit crisis has given way to some concern over weakness in China's economy.
November 30, 2011 The increase in the ADP National Employment Report was well above economists' expectations. And it could be a sign that Friday's news from the government on November job growth will also be positive.
November 29, 2011 The sharp rise may be a sign that consumers are growing less anxious about the economy. But the widely watched index is still well below boom-time levels.
One reason prices have been falling: A glut of foreclosed homes.
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November 29, 2011 The worst may be over for the housing market, but a "sustained recovery" is unlikely until the economy gains strength, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.
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