April 26, 2013 Growth was a bit weaker than economists expected, but was well above fourth-quarter 2012's weak 0.4 percent increase. The first-quarter figure is likely to be revised in coming months, perhaps closer to the 3.2 percent growth economists were expecting.
February 28, 2013 The economy barely grew in the fourth quarter of 2012, the government now says. But that's better than what it thought before — that the economy had contracted. Meanwhile, the number of people applying for jobless benefits fell last week.
January 30, 2013 The economy had not contracted in any quarter since the spring of 2009. Among the reasons why there wasn't growth in the last three months of 2012: steep cuts in defense spending.
October 26, 2012 The news is sure to be a hot topic on the campaign trail as President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney push to the Nov. 6 election.
July 27, 2012 Economic growth slowed in the second quarter. We look at just how the U.S. economy breaks down into goods and services.
July 27, 2012 The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates, down from a 2 percent pace in the first quarter.
April 27, 2012 That's down from the 3 percent pace in fourth-quarter 2011, but is still better than the 1.7 percent growth for all of last year. And there was strong growth in consumer spending — a key driving force for the economy.
October 27, 2011 While modest, the 2.5 percent pace is the best growth since third-quarter 2010. And the news eases recession fears.
September 29, 2011 The economy's growth was slow, but slightly better than previously thought. And unemployment insurance claims dipped last week to their lowest level since early April.
August 26, 2011 That's slightly less than the last estimate and well below the level associated with a healthy economy. The government says exports and inventories expanded less than it previously thought.
May 26, 2011 There were 424,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, and the increase is a sign that the labor market remains sluggish.
April 28, 2011 The growth rate slowed from fourth-quarter 2010's 3.1 percent pace. Meanwhile, the number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 25,000 last week.
March 25, 2011 But rising oil prices could dampen growth this year.
February 25, 2011 That's a downward revision from the government's first estimate, which pegged the growth rate at 3.2 percent. The broadest measure of the economy's output has now, however, expanded for six consecutive quarters.
January 28, 2011 The economy has grown for six straight quarters, though the expansion has not been strong enough to bring unemployment down substantially.