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U.S. unemployment drops, few new jobs

Government-issued numbers today show just 113,000 new jobs added in January, far less than the average of 194,000 monthly additions in 2013. The national unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point since Oct. 2008.

February 2014

Small business payables improving

Multiple sources showed that small businesses in the U.S. were able to be better as paying their bills in 2013 than in the year before, with both 30- and 90-day delinquency rates improved.

February 2014

Country's goods and services deficit grows

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that total December exports of $191.3 billion and imports of $230.0 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $38.7 billion, up from $34.6 billion in November.

February 2014

December saw less residential construction

Nonresidential construction spending fell 1.3 percent on a monthly basis and 1.1 percent on a yearly basis in December. Spending for the month totaled $573.07 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.

February 2014

New homes sold 2013 up 16+% for year

Sales of new single-family houses nationally in 2013 climbed 16.4 percent above a year, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

January 2014

Canada still a top U.S. trading partner

The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a new infographic, “International Trade Between U.S. and Canada,” which celebrates the world's largest and most comprehensive trading relationship.

January 2014

Suit alleges Target knew of vulnerabilities

Today, consumers represented by law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Target, claiming the retailer ignored warnings as early as 2007 that the company's point-of-sale system was vulnerable.

January 2014

Retirement cuts worry military families

The latest results of a nationwide survey find that 85 percent of middle-class military families (senior NCOs and commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) expect to be financially affected by them.

January 2014

US jobs growth weaker, local better

Today’s release of December jobs growth data by the U.S. Labor Department was disappointing, as employers reported hiring the fewest one-month number of workers in some three years.

January 2014

Regalia: "We're going to step it up a notch"

Dr. Martin Regalia, chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce and the keynote speaker at today's 2014 Horizons Economic Forecast presented by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, had a rosy — if somewhat tempered — outlook about the immediate future of the nation's economy.

January 2014
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