April 6, 2012

The latest employment situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the national unemployment rate slipped to 8.2% for March, compared with 8.3% in February.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 in March.

According to the bureau, retail trade employment fell by 34,000 in March. A large job loss in general merchandise stores (-32,000) and small losses in other retail industries more than offset gains in health and personal care stores (+6,000).

November 4, 2011

The national unemployment rate declined ever-so-slightly to 9.0% in October, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In October, the unemployment rate was 9.1%. A year ago, it stood at 9.6%. The past several months have seen little change -- the rate has been in the 9.0% to 9.2% range since April. 

August 11, 2011

Lyman Lumber, a nine-unit LBM chain based in Excelsior, Minn., has signed a letter of intent to sell its operations to SP Asset Management, according to an article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.The 114-year-old company also plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the article said. 

August 8, 2011

A slight improvement on the unemployment meter is countered by a big move into negative territory on the Home Channel Stock Watch. 

June 20, 2011

Members of the 2011 panel discuss strategies for success: Define who you are, become a destination, and follow clear guiding principles.

April 4, 2011

The March unemployment rate shaved a tenth of a percentage point, but the March consumer confidence index shaved even more.

The Labor Department's official unemployment rate fell to 8.8% from 8.9%. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence index, however, fell to 63.4 in March, compared with 72.0 in February.

March 30, 2011

Canadian economists have expressed concerns about a correction in the housing market north of the U.S. border, where record borrowing, low interest rates and eager home buyers have created a building boom over the last several years.

February 4, 2011

The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 9.0 percent in January, while nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+36,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. 

Employment rose in manufacturing and in retail trade but was down in construction and in transportation and warehousing. Employment in most other major industries changed little over the month, according to Friday's report.


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