May 15, 2012 Dropping gas prices helped hold inflation down. Meanwhile, April consumer spending may have been slowed because warm weather in March encouraged folks to get out their wallets then.
May 4, 2012 Job growth was weak, but the jobless rate edged down from 8.2 percent in March.
May 2, 2012 After hitting its highest mark since December 2007 on Tuesday because of a bullish report about the health of the manufacturing sector in April, the Dow Jones industrial average is down because of negative news about hiring and manufacturing.
April 30, 2012 A large 0.9 percent gain in consumer spending from January to February was followed by a more modest 0.3 percent increase from February to March, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says.
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.
April 26, 2012 There were 388,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down just 1,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.
April 25, 2012 The 4.2 percent decline in March is the largest monthly drop in three years. Much of it was due to a fall in orders for aircraft.
April 13, 2012 The news that consumer prices rose a relatively modest 0.3 percent in March from February supports "the view the U.S. Federal Reserve has room to provide more support for the economy if needed," Reuters concludes.
April 12, 2012 There were 380,000 first-time claims, the most in a single week since January. It's another sign that the labor market's rebound may be slowing.
April 6, 2012 Job growth in March was much below forecasts. But the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.3 percent in February.
April 6, 2012 Economists also expect to hear that private and public payrolls grew by about 200,000 jobs last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is due to release the March data at 8:30 a.m. ET.
April 3, 2012 Automakers report having their best month in about four years, as buyers went in search of smaller vehicles. At the current pace, sales may be back to where they were in 2007 — before the most recent recession.
April 2, 2012 Home construction remained flat, but spending on public projects dipped. Meanwhile, the factory sector continues to expand.
March 30, 2012 The news could be a sign that consumers are feeling better about how the economy is doing, and are willing to spend more even if their incomes are rising only slowly.