December 29, 2011 There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the Employment and Training Administration says. It's the first increase in four weeks.
December 27, 2011 Home prices fell from September to October in 19 of the 20 cities where it tracks the real estate markets, according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.
December 22, 2011 While that news points to a still sluggish economy, there's also word of another downward tick in first-time claims for jobless benefits — a welcome sign. Claims are running at their lowest level since the spring of 2008.
December 8, 2011 There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 23,000 from the previous week.
November 21, 2011 While sales were up 1.4 percent in October, so were the number of deals that fell through because of declined mortgage applications or other reasons.
November 20, 2011 Coffee prices are due to head North again, as climate change makes previously hospitable growing grounds unsuitable for coffee, a notoriously fickle plant. If you already pay plenty for fine beans, you may not mind. But if you prefer basic black, get ready for its quality to head South.
November 18, 2011 Pushed up by an increase in housing permits, the barometer of economic growth rose 0.9 percent in October.
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.
November 14, 2011 As demand for offices and other developments has weakened, rising commodity prices have made farmland more valuable — turning some sites that were planned for buildings back into fields for crops.
November 5, 2011 Las Vegas has seen better days — the unemployment and foreclosure rates are well above the national averages. But there are signs of hope. Tech companies that seemed destined to flourish in Silicon Valley are setting up shop in Sin City, in an effort to revitalize the downtown area.
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.