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Unusual respite from surging health care costs

Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.


Recession contraception: US birth rate down for 4th year

U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children.


Revised Labor Department figures find an extra 386,000 jobs

Revised Jobs Data

The government went back over its numbers and found something missing -- nearly 400,000 new jobs. In its annual revision to its employment data, the Labor Department said Thursday that 386,000 more jobs were created in the year ending in March than it originally had reported. The revision is a preliminary estimate, with a final figure coming in February.


Last Quarter’s Growth Is Revised Down Sharply

The United States government said the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.3 percent in the spring, down from its previous estimate of 1.7 percent growth.


US unemployment aid applications decline to 365K


Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August. The data sketched a brighter outlook for the job market one day before the government reports on August employment.


Romney: Jobs report is a 'hammer blow'

Mitt Romney said the July report showing an 8.3% jobless rate is a 'hammer blow' to the middle class. The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs in July, according to a government report released today, but the unemployment rate rose to 8.3%.


Jobless claims tumble, may calm job market fears

New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, according to a government report on Thursday that could ease fears the labor market recovery was stalling.


Prescription Painkiller Abuse: More Than 70% Get Drugs From Friends Or Family, Study Finds

More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain the drugs from friends or relatives, usually with permission and for free, according to a government study to be released on Wednesday.


Jobless claims fall to new four year low

Weekly Jobless Claims

New claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a fresh four-year low last week, according to a government report on Thursday that offered evidence the jobs market recovery was gaining traction.


February retail sales rise, highest in five months

Retail Sales

Retail sales recorded their largest gain in five months in February as Americans snapped up motor vehicles and bought a range of goods even as they paid more for gasoline, government data showed on Tuesday.


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