By James A. Lyons
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U.S. consumer prices rose slightly last month as higher energy costs partly offset cheaper food. The small increase is further evidence that consumers are benefiting from mild inflation.
A Department of Labor attorney charged with assaulting a co-worker in a violent attack at her Northwest home was found dead with his throat slit at the D.C. Jail early Tuesday — the day after his preliminary hearing in court.
President Obama's health care reform is prompting employers to hire more part-time and temporary workers to escape paying benefits under a mandate that goes into effect next year, amplifying a trend toward transient employment that took hold during the recession, according to a growing number of economic indicators.
Americans stepped up purchases at retail businesses in May, spending more on cars, home improvements and sporting goods. The gain shows consumers remain resilient despite higher taxes and could drive faster growth later this year.
So many scandals, so little time. Who can blame President Obama for trying to flee from reality? He ducked out of a Monday photo-op before reporters could ask a question. He used the 50th anniversary of the federal Equal Pay Act to call for a new Paycheck Fairness Act, the latter meant to close supposed "loopholes" in the old one.
So many scandals, so little time. Who can blame President Obama for trying to flee from reality? He ducked out of a Monday photo-op before reporters could ask a question.
The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent last month as the federal government laid off another 14,000 workers and nearly a half million people surged into the market looking for work, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.
U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, steady hiring but below the more robust pace that took place during the fall and winter.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, a level consistent with steady job growth.
A private survey shows U.S. businesses added just 135,000 jobs in May, the second straight month of weak gains.
Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.
Stocks took a turn lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street as traders anticipated a pullback in economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.
The stock market rose Thursday after a pair of lackluster economic reports convinced traders that the U.S. central bank will continue to boost the economy with its stimulus program.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000, a sign layoffs have increased. Still, the level of applications is consistent with steady hiring.
Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities in April, helped by stronger hiring. The gains show the job market is improving throughout the country.