Unemployment claims, although down 19,000 from a week ago, have been in a holding pattern for seven months. That suggests very sluggish improvement in jobs.
Home sales report for last month showed a drop in sales of previously occupied homes, despite government tax credits.
The ADP employment report shows the US lost jobs in March. But the government's expected to report a job gain. Confused? Read on.
Only 434,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits, the second week in a row that claims have fallen to levels unseen since August 2008.
Although weekly jobless claims are up, longer-term data suggests the unemployment situation is slowly improving.
Jobs report reveals a 10.2 percent unemployment rate. Four reasons not to panic.