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Mon September 17, 2012
Planet Money

What Americans Actually Do All Weekend, In 2 Graphics

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 11:31 am

The average American spends a large part of their weekend sleeping.

Last month, we published a post showing what people with full-time jobs do on days when they work.

That post made us curious: What do those people do on the weekends, when they're not working?

Here's the answer.

The same caveats we used in our earlier post apply here:

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Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Prices Rose Slightly In August; So Did Retail Sales

Here are two fresh economic reports:

- Consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in August, mainly due to more expensive gasoline. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says most of the bump up came from its gas index, which jumped nine percent. There were lesser increases in other energy products, such as fuel oil, natural gas and electricity. The core rate of inflation, which discounts food and energy, was up 0.1 percent in August. The agency says that's the same rate as July.

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Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Inflation Stayed In Check Last Month: No Change In July

There was no change in the consumer price index last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

It's the second month in a row that the index was flat — a sign that inflation remained in check for the first half or so of summer. Whether that trend will continue, however, is uncertain.

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Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose 0.8 Percent In July; More Than Expected

There was a 0.8 percent increase in retail sales in July from June, the Census Bureau says, thanks in part to gains in purchases of cars, furniture and appliances.

Overall, The Associated Press says, "all major categories showed increases, a sign that consumers may be gaining confidence." If that is indeed the case, it's good news for the economy. Consumers purchase about 70 percent of all goods and services.

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Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

163,000 Jobs Added In July; Unemployment Rate Rose To 8.3 Percent

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 10:12 am

A sign pointing the way to a career fair in San Mateo, Calif., last month.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There were 163,000 more jobs on public and private payrolls last month, but the nation's unemployment rate edged up to 8.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

The jobs gain was the best in five months and was much better than the revised estimated of growth for June — a gain of just 64,000 jobs. But it wasn't good enough to keep the jobless rate from rising slightly. In June, it stood at 8.2 percent.

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