The Chicago Fed reported that its National Activity Index showed economic growth slowed in January due to declines in production-related areas. However, the agency reported that the national economy has been growing over the past several months.
A key political ally of Venezuela's embattled leader expressed sharp – and rare – criticism of the use of force to quell protests.
ADP reported that the bulk of job growth in the U.S. last month came from small- and medium-sized employers -- companies with fewer than 500 workers.
The federal workforce has decreased 3 percent from last year, many cuts coming from the South and West.