July 21, 2011 The increase was not expected. It underscores the lingering weakness in the labor market.
July 20, 2011 There was an unusual increase in the number of canceled contracts, the National Association of Realtors says. It isn't yet known why cancellations rose, but tight credit may have been a factor.
July 19, 2011 There was a 14.6 percent increase in housing starts in June from May, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report. Construction (at an annualized rate) was begun on 629,000 homes and apartment buildings.
July 18, 2011 Are businesses not hiring to the degree needed to lower the jobless rate because of doubts over Washington's fiscal policies or because of weak consumer demand? A new survey of economists by The Wall Street Journal indicates most of the experts believe it's the relatively low level of consumer spending.
July 15, 2011 It's the third month in a row that production has either been flat or has declined. Supply disruptions after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan get part of the blame.
July 15, 2011 Keeping inflation in check: A 6.8 percent drop in gasoline prices. Also: Food prices rose a modest 0.2 percent, the smallest increase so far this year.
July 8, 2011 "The economic challenges that we face weren't created over night and they're not going to be solved over night," Obama said. "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves" as are lawmakers in both parties, he added.
July 8, 2011 Word that just 18,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent from 9.1 percent in May has opened the door for more questions from Republicans about President Obama's economic policies.
July 8, 2011 Economists had expected better news. Private payrolls grew by just 57,000. Cuts at government agencies pulled the overall figure down even more. Previous months' job growth figures were revised down.
July 7, 2011 There were 157,000 jobs added to businesses' payrolls in June, according to the widely watched ADP National Employment Report, a private-sector look at the labor market. Friday, the government issues its estimate.
July 7, 2011 The 418,000 first-time claims was a decline of 14,000 from the previous week.
July 6, 2011 According to the Institute for Supply Management, there was slower growth — but growth nonetheless — in its measures of business activity, orders and employment.
July 5, 2011 They have gone up two of the past three months — a sign that the manufacturing sector may be recovering from a slow start earlier this year and from supply disruptions caused by the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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.
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