Economic Numbers


Fri July 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Better Than Expected Job Growth In June

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 8:48 am

At a job fair in Los Angeles last month, job seekers filled out applications.
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More jobs were created last month than economists had expected, but the unemployment rate held steady.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that employers added 195,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. That's better than the gain of 165,000 that forecasters had predicted.

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Fri July 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobs Report Due Out This Morning

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 6:40 am

The scene at a career fair in New York City last October.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov


Wed July 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Good Signs: Jobless Claims Dip And Job Growth Picks Up

A help wanted sign in the window of a clothing store in Pasadena, Calif., last month.
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Three reports Wednesday morning all offer at least modestly good news about the U.S. economy:

-- There were 343,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down 5,000 from the week before, says the Employment and Training Administration.

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Wed June 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Revised GDP Numbers Weaker Than Projected

The nation's gross domestic product, the output of goods and services produced within the U.S., grew at a rate of 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's a downward revision from the 2.4 percent rate previously reported.

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Tue June 25, 2013
The Two-Way

5-Year High In Consumer Confidence Bodes Well For Economy

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:30 am

If consumers are feeling better, they may be more apt to spend — which could mean better job growth down the road.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

The economy "is unlikely to slow in the short-term, and may even moderately pick up," economist Lynn Franco predicted Tuesday as the Conference Board released its latest survey on consumer confidence.

The business research group, where Franco is director of economic indicators, said its index rose to a five-year high of 81.4 in June — up from May's 74.3. The index is based on surveys of Americans.

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