November 4, 2011 The general consensus among economists is that there were about 95,000 jobs added to payrolls in October and that the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. While "frustratingly slow," that could be another sign the economy is on the mend.
November 3, 2011 At 397,000, claims were down 9,000 from the previous week. That signals some improvement in the labor market. We'll get more data Friday when the government reports on the October unemployment rate.
October 28, 2011 Analysts wonder whether the spending surge can be sustained if savings are being depleted.
October 27, 2011 While modest, the 2.5 percent pace is the best growth since third-quarter 2010. And the news eases recession fears.
October 26, 2011 The pace is still down slightly from a year ago.
October 25, 2011 The widely watched consumer confidence index from the Conference Board has fallen to a level not seen since the economy was officially in recession two years ago.
October 24, 2011 With his jobs package stalled in Congress, the president is going to announce some executive actions on mortgages and student loans that his advisers say could give the economy a lift. Republicans say "we can't wait" to defeat the president.
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.
October 14, 2011 It was the best gain since February and was driven by higher car sales.
October 13, 2011 There were 404,000 claims submitted, vs. 405,000 the week before.
October 11, 2011 The $447 billion plan is likely to be rejected later today when the Senate holds a key procedural vote. Democrats have a "Plan B," though. They're looking at breaking up the measure into smaller pieces that may stand better chances of passage.
October 6, 2011 President Obama pushed for his $447 billion jobs bill this morning during a White House news conference in which he again challenged Republicans to either enact his ideas or be prepared to explain to voters why they opposed what he says are ways to put Americans to work.
October 6, 2011 But though rates are at new lows, many who would like to take advantage of them can't because of too little equity or tight lending standards.