January 19, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance plunged by 50,000 last week from the week before, to 352,000. They're now near a four-year low.
January 18, 2012 That's up from 2010's 3.8 percent rate. Not surprisingly, food and energy products were a major reason for the faster pace. Excluding those groups, wholesale prices of finished goods rose 3 percent last year.
Ground beef used to be a cheap, go-to dinner meat, but no longer.
January 4, 2012 The cost of budget-friendly foods like ground beef, potatoes, and eggs soared 10 percent over the past year, pinching household budgets even harder. Blame bad weather, export competition, and the fact that more people are cooking at home to save money. This year may be a bit better, but not much.
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.
November 16, 2011 Falling energy costs kept inflation in check. But oil prices are up today, a sign that coming inflation reports might not be as welcome.
November 15, 2011 Meanwhile, wholesale prices dipped thanks to a sharp drop in energy costs.
October 19, 2011 The gain in housing starts was the best in 17 months, but they're still not back to the level of a year ago.
October 18, 2011 The increase was more than expected and could be a sign of inflation pressures building. Wednesday, we'll hear about changes in consumer prices last month.
September 15, 2011 The news on unemployment insurance underscores the weakness of the labor market.
September 9, 2011 An economic disaster from 90 years ago may determine the fate of Europe's economy.
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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.
June 15, 2011 The smallest increase since November was due to a 2 percent decline in gasoline prices.
June 14, 2011 The decline in retail sales is among several recent signs that economic growth is slowing.
May 13, 2011 Higher prices for gasoline accounted for almost half of the 0.4 percent increase last month.
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