The US has lost 2 million jobs this year, but some of the unemployment numbers could indicate that the recession is finally starting to bottom out.
A 'stress test' aims to assess which banks would need help if the economy worsened.
The practice is spreading as the US unemployment rate hits 7.6 percent.
January's loss of 598,000 jobs hit factory workers and professional and business-services employees hardest.
Relief that the election is over could put some consumers in more of a spending mood.
An interest-rate move Wednesday could make some loans cheaper than at any time since 2003.
Layoffs are at their highest rate since 2003. A leaner holiday season is more likely.
Rumblings about a possible second boost prompt economists to look at alternatives to the 'tax rebate.'