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Unemployment rates rose in 21 states last month, the highest number to report an increase since August. The report is a reminder of the job market's struggle to rebound even as the economy is improving.
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the third drop in the past four weeks and a sign that the job market is improving slowly.
Buoyed by a string of hopeful government reports on layoffs, factory production and consumer spending, economists are predicting that hiring and even housing will pick up in 2011 and make it a better year after all.
Consumer prices increased slightly last month as food and energy costs ticked up, but there was little sign of widespread inflation.
Retail sales rose for a fifth straight month in November, as the biggest jump in department-store sales in two years gave the holiday shopping season a strong start.
Applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the second-lowest level this year, fresh evidence that U.S. companies are cutting fewer jobs.
The nation's unemployment rate crept back up toward double-digit levels last month, rising to 9.8 percent after being stuck around 9.6 percent for much of the year, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.
The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high, as hiring slowed.
In case you have been under a rock the past several months, one of the greatest concerns across the country is job growth. On Friday, we get the latest view on this when the Labor Department issues its November Employment Report.