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Business National unemployment falls to 5.6 percent National unemployment falls to 5.6 percent
The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.
Business Where will mortgage rates go in 2015? Where will mortgage rates go in 2015?
If you plan to buy a home, sell a home or refinance your home, you need to consider what might happen to mortgage rates in the coming months. Bankrate.com just released its predicitions for the year ahead.
Business Honda fined $70 million for not reporting death, injury complaints Honda fined $70 million for not reporting death, injury complaints
The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.
Business How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US
In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.
Business Survey: U.S. companies stepped up hiring in December Survey: U.S. companies stepped up hiring in December
U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.
Business Fed sees foreign weakness as risk to U.S. economy Fed sees foreign weakness as risk to U.S. economy
Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed various risks to the U.S. economy at their December meeting but concluded that the big drop in oil prices was likely to end up boosting growth.
Business U.S. home prices coast upward in November U.S. home prices coast upward in November
U.S. home values rose at a measured pace in November, a sign that demand remains weak as many buyers have been priced out of the market.
Business U.S. factory orders fell 0.7 percent in November U.S. factory orders fell 0.7 percent in November
Orders to U.S. factories fell for a fourth straight month in November, with demand in a key category that signals business investment plans down for a third month.