Labor Department

U.S. homebuilding fell in January as the construction of multi-family housing projects dropped, but upward revisions to the prior month's data and a jump in permits to a one-year high suggested the housing recovery remained on track.
Conflicting signs from the White House have left brokerage firms and lobbyists unsure whether a controversial rule governing retirement advice will ever be put in place, but they are taking no chances and complying anyway.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits held at a 43-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in December.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment aid fell from a 14-month high last week, the latest sign that the economy was regaining speed after stumbling in the

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose last week, but remained at levels consistent with a strengthening labor market.
U.S. nonfarm productivity unexpectedly rose in the third quarter.
U.S. labor costs accelerated in the third quarter as the jobs market continued to tighten, but remained well below levels that would push inflation closer to the Fed's target.
The Dow and S&P retreated on Wednesday after a soft labor market and in anticipation of data.
As gasoline prices continue to tumble, consumer prices fall. Inflation is holding strong, thereby giving the Fed some leeway.
More Americans than in a year applied for unemployment benefits, showing uneven labor market progress.