March 8, 2013 Economists expect to hear that there were about 160,000 jobs added to payrolls in February. The jobless rate likely stayed near 7.9 percent. Slow job growth and stubbornly high unemployment likely continued.
September 19, 2012 Each month this year, builders have been starting work on many more homes than were being built after the housing bubble burst in 2008. Meanwhile, sales and prices of previously owned homes continue to rise.
August 16, 2012 First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by just 2,000 from the week before.
August 3, 2012 Economists say it's likely we'll hear this morning that job growth remained sluggish, which means the unemployment rate probably stayed high.
August 2, 2012 Gauging just what's going on with claims is proving difficult, however, because of some positive news: automakers have been skipping their standard summer shutdowns. So layoffs have likely been lower than normal.
June 13, 2012 Wholesale prices fell 1 percent in May from April thanks to an 8.9 percent plunge in the price of gasoline.
June 7, 2012 The Federal Reserve chairman talks about the outlook for the economy this morning. Investors will listen closely for clues to the Fed's plans.
May 2, 2012 Businesses added just 119,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, a sharp drop from an estimated 201,000-gain in March, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.
April 5, 2012 There were 357,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 6,000 from the week before.
January 5, 2012 The ADP National Employment Report signals that the jobless rate likely fell further last month. Meanwhile, the number of claims for unemployment insurance dipped again last week and employers have fewer layoffs planned in coming weeks.
December 27, 2011 The Conference Board's gauge of consumer sentiment is back at a level not seen since last April. That could bode well for consumer spending — and the economy in general — in coming months.
December 13, 2011 Policymakers expect unemployment will continue to gradually decline and that inflation will remain in check.