January 23, 2014 There's more evidence that the housing sector has come out of its deep slump. The day's other key economic indicator: The number of people who applied for unemployment insurance barely changed last week. The pace remained near where it was before the economy slipped into its 2007-2009 recession.
The scene at a job fair in Marietta, Ga., last November.
January 16, 2014 The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.
Looking for work in Florida. At a November career fair in West Palm Beach, this man had a job application in hand.
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January 9, 2014 It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
January 2, 2014 But the fact that 339,000 applications were filed — the fewest in a month — is a hopeful sign. Meanwhile, the most-anticipated news about the labor market each month, on the unemployment rate and job growth, won't be released until Jan. 10.
A "help wanted" sign earlier this year in the window of a clothing store in Pasadena, Calif.
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December 26, 2013 Economists caution against reading too much into the latest economic data. During the holidays, offices that collect the information aren't always open and that can delay some of their work.
A "sale pending" sign in front of a home in San Anselmo, Calif., earlier this year.
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December 19, 2013 The housing market is cooling because of higher mortgage rates and limited supply, economists say. Meanwhile, seasonal factors related to the holidays may have temporarily pushed up claims for jobless benefits.
December 12, 2013 Officials say it's difficult to account for shifts caused by factors related to the holidays and separate them from the trends more closely linked to the economy's underlying strengths and weaknesses.
December 5, 2013 U.S. real gross domestic product rose from a 2.5 percent gain in the second quarter. And the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell to 298,000 last week.
While a key measure of factory orders weakened in October, there's better news about the labor market: fewer Americans are filing claims for unemployment insurance.
November 27, 2013 Fewer Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week. But fewer orders were placed for equipment and other so-called durable goods in October.
Part of the scene at a job fair for veterans and family members earlier this month in Marietta, Ga.
November 21, 2013 Fresh data signal that the labor market is at least holding steady and that inflation remains in check. In other major economic news Thursday, Janet Yellen's nomination to head the Federal Reserve is expected to be OK'd by the Senate Banking Committee.
Looking for work: The scene at a job fair in Emeryville, Calif., last month.
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November 7, 2013 Economists thought the government would say the economy slowed. But the initial estimate shows a slight pickup from the 2.5 percent pace of the second quarter.
October 31, 2013 Though claims dropped by 10,000, they're still running at a pace that signals a sluggish labor market.
October 24, 2013 There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
October 3, 2013 A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
September 26, 2013 Both reports add to evidence that the U.S. economy continues to chug along. It's estimated that gross domestic product rose at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter. Meanwhile, claims for unemployment insurance remain near a six-year low.
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