• In this Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 file photo, job seekers wait in line at a construction job fair in New York. U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention.

    The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. But that was only because more people gave up looking for jobs. People who are out of work are counted as unemployed only if they're looking for a job.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 3:00 PM EST
  • U.S. home prices jumped 3.8% in the 12 months ending in July, according to a private real estate data provider, further evidence that the housing market is steadily recovering.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 5:00 AM EST

    Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods, excluding the volatile transportation category, fell in July for the fourth time in five months, a sign that manufacturing in the U.S. may be faltering.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 10:30 AM EST
  • The number of first-time jobless claims rose a slight 4,000 last week.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT