March 30, 2012 The news could be a sign that consumers are feeling better about how the economy is doing, and are willing to spend more even if their incomes are rising only slowly.
March 29, 2012 The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits remains at a four-year low.
March 28, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the Political Junkie recaps the week in politics and a pilot sheds light on life in the cockpit. In the second hour, background checks and social media, and the new short biography Hitler.
The GasBuddy app and website rely on crowdsourcing — people across the country sending in gas prices.
March 26, 2012 Several companies have developed smartphone applications to help people find the cheapest gasoline prices in town. We tried two popular apps; they work, but there are a few things to watch out for.
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March 22, 2012 At 348,000, the number of claims remained at the lowest level in four years. It's another sign of hope for the labor market.
March 16, 2012 A spike in gasoline prices fueled the increase. The so-called core rate of inflation remained in check.
March 15, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's at stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the limits of diplomacy in dealing with Iran. In the second hour, signs that things are looking up in the economy, and advice for former governor Rod Blagojevich as he heads to prison.
March 15, 2012 At 351,000, they remain near a four-year low. The day's other economic news: wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in February.
March 13, 2012 The decision was widely expected. Stocks, which had been on the rise before the news, remain higher.
March 13, 2012 They were up 1.1 percent from January. Higher gas prices were one reason, but excluding gasoline sales were still up 0.8 percent.
March 9, 2012 Also, there were 227,000 net jobs added to private and public payrolls last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.
Will more signs such as this be showing up? (Nov. 30, 2011 file photo from San Rafael, Calif.)
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March 9, 2012 The much-anticipated February jobs and unemployment report is due at 8:30 a.m. ET. At 8.3 percent, the jobless rate would be about 1 percentage point lower than a year ago.
March 8, 2012 At 362,000, the number of claims remains near a four-year low, however.
Sometimes bipartisanship does shine down on the Capitol.
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March 8, 2012 The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act" passed the Republican-controlled House with the administration's support. The legislation's fate is less certain in the Senate, but Democratic leaders have said they will take it up.
March 6, 2012 The index dropped just more than 200 points, about 1.6 percent, on concerns about weak economic growth around the world.
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