May 22, 2013 The Fed chairman cautioned Wednesday that if interest rates were to start rising now, the economy could slump. Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors said sales of existing homes rose — and would have been even stronger if not for tight inventory.
May 16, 2013 The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Jobless claims are up, and housing starts are down.
May 3, 2013 The eagerly anticipated news was better than expected. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised upward its estimates of job growth in February and March.
May 2, 2013 There were 324,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 18,000 from the previous week's 342,000. Numbers on April's unemployment rate and job growth are due to be released Friday.
May 1, 2013 Federal spending cuts and tax increases have started to bite, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will weigh in with its figures on unemployment and job growth in April.
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.
April 25, 2013 While the news is a positive sign, employers still seem to be reluctant to add many new jobs to their payrolls.
April 23, 2013 The housing sector continues to be a bright spot for the economy. Home construction had its strongest quarter since 2008.
April 22, 2013 The housing sector has been one of the economy's bright spots, and economists expect that to continue. But they also say that until new-home construction catches up, the supply of homes for sale will remain tight.
April 18, 2013 There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up by 4,000 from the week before. The early analysis: It's a sign that the labor market's recovery, while slow, is continuing.
April 16, 2013 The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projections for global economic growth, including in the United States, citing sharp cuts in government spending and the struggling eurozone.
April 16, 2013 The news is another sign that the housing sector's recovery continues. Also Tuesday, there was word that consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in March. The decline was led by a 4.4 percent plunge in gas prices.
April 12, 2013 The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Consumers were less willing to spend last month.
April 11, 2013 The central bank made a mistake. It sent minutes from its most recent policy meeting to a small group of influential institutions, including some major banks, a day earlier than scheduled. But the minutes are always weeks old. Why are they important? Because they contain clues to the Fed's thinking.