November 27, 2013 Fewer Americans filed for unemployment insurance last week. But fewer orders were placed for equipment and other so-called durable goods in October.
November 21, 2013 Fresh data signal that the labor market is at least holding steady and that inflation remains in check. In other major economic news Thursday, Janet Yellen's nomination to head the Federal Reserve is expected to be OK'd by the Senate Banking Committee.
November 8, 2013 Employers expanded their payrolls by 204,000 jobs in October, about 80,000 more than expected. But the jobless rate still edged up to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent the month before. The unemployment rate appears to have been given a temporary boost by the partial government shutdown.
November 7, 2013 The European Central Bank is defying expectations by moving more aggressively than expected to boost its member nations' economies and head off potentially dangerous deflation. "Super Mario" Draghi, the ECB's president, is getting much of the credit.
October 31, 2013 Though claims dropped by 10,000, they're still running at a pace that signals a sluggish labor market.
October 30, 2013 Just 130,000 jobs were added to private payrolls this month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. In addition, the September gain was revised down.
October 29, 2013 The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.
October 24, 2013 There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
October 21, 2013 Though sales edged down in September from August, they were still well above the pace of a year earlier. Much more will be learned about how the economy fared last month when data on jobs and unemployment are released Tuesday.
October 2, 2013 The data in the ADP National Employment Report are likely to be the only clues this week about how strong the labor market was last month. The partial government shutdown means the Labor Department is unlikely to release its figures.
September 26, 2013 Both reports add to evidence that the U.S. economy continues to chug along. It's estimated that gross domestic product rose at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter. Meanwhile, claims for unemployment insurance remain near a six-year low.
September 24, 2013 The housing sector remains one of the U.S. economy's bright spots. In major cities across the nation, prices in July were up a bit more than 12 percent on average from a year ago.
September 17, 2013 There were 46.5 million Americans below the poverty line last year, the Census Bureau says, vs. 46.2 million in 2011. In another sign that the economy's recent growth hasn't translated into better times for many Americans, Census said the median household income was $51,017, vs. 2011's $51,100."