Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits over the past month than at any time in seven years, a sign of a healthier labor market that’s helping brighten consumer sentiment.
Fewer Americans are filing applications for unemployment benefits, consumer confidence is rising and manufacturing is picking up as the world’s largest economy shows additional signs of strengthening.
Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of steady progress in the labor market.
Demand for new U.S. homes was stronger than projected in March, showing more jobs and cheaper borrowing costs are helping stabilize the market.
"Layoffs are low, and business confidence has held up very well over the last couple of months given all of the geopolitical tensions."
- Ryan Sweet on Jul 31, 2014
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