2022 Jobs Finish on Strong Note

Although nonfarm payroll employment slowed toward the end of the year, it finished on a strong, steady pace, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Construction Spending Up 0.2% Amid Growing Headwinds

The Census Bureau on Tuesday reported construction spending in November rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,807.5 billion, 0.2 percent higher than the revised October estimate of $1,803.2 billion and 8.5 percent higher than a year ago.

Existing Home Sales Drop 10th Straight Month

Existing home sales declined in November, the 10th straight monthly decline, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. All four U.S. regions recorded month-over-month and year-over-year declines.

Consumer Confidence Finishes 2022 on Upbeat Note

The Conference Board, New York, said its monthly Consumer Confidence Index rebounded in December following back-to-back monthly declines, to its highest level since April.

November Housing Starts Down Slightly; Permits Plunge

Housing starts fell in November but beat expectations, the Census Bureau and HUD reported Tuesday. The news, however, came in building permits, which fell sharply from both October and a year ago.

Fed Slows Pace of Rate Hikes, But Hints at More

In its final policy meeting of an eventful year, the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday raised the federal funds rate for the seventh straight meeting, but by 50 basis points instead of 75 basis points, as it had for the past four times.

Fed Slows Pace of Rate Hikes, But Hints at More

In its final policy meeting of an eventful year, the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday raised the federal funds rate for the seventh straight meeting, but by 50 basis points instead of 75 basis points, as it had for the past four times.

November CPI Posts Welcome ‘Modest’ Increase

It’s not often that “modest” has economic significance, but when it refers to inflation as of late, then “modest” is perhaps a welcome description.

October Construction Spending Down; ISM Index Contracts for 1st Time Since 2020

Construction spending dipped in October, the Commerce Department reported Thursday, with slight increase in public construction offset by a decline in private construction. Separately, the Institute for Supply Management, Phoenix, reported its Manufacturing Report on Business fell for the first time in two and a half years.