FRIDAY, March 30, 2012 - The labor market is showing signs of health. The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 359,000 last week, from an upwardly revised 364,000 the previous week. The average for the past four weeks — a less-volatile measure — dropped to 365,000 from a revised 368,500. Readings below 400,000 suggest layoffs are easing and hiring may be picking up.
FRIDAY, March 9, 2012 - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000 last week. While claims have edged higher recently, the average for the past four weeks — a less-volatile measure –was largely unchanged, at near four-year lows. That suggests that employers are slowing the pace of layoffs.
FRIDAY, June 8, 2012 - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 377,000 last week. While claims dropped, the average for the past four weeks — a less-volatile measure — actually rose slightly to 377,750. The labor market remains weaker than it was earlier this year, putting pressure on policy makers to consider action.
THURSDAY, July 19, 2012 - Workers’ weekly earnings are rising as the job market slowly mends. In 2012’s second quarter, full-time workers had median weekly earnings of $338 in inflation-adjusted 1982-1984 dollars. That was up $1 from a year ago. Weekly earnings also jumped during the recession, in part because lower-wage workers are often the first let go and others can collect overtime.
TUESDAY, June 5, 2012 - Orders for manufactured goods such as computers and electronics declined again in April. The value of new orders fell 0.6% to $465.98 billion, after a downwardly revised 2.1% slide in March, the Commerce Department said. Orders have fallen in three of the past four months. Demand for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, a key gauge of business investment, fell 2.1%.