State and city budget cuts could offset the federal stimulus's effects.
From Friday's GDP report: Imports are surging. Jobs growth is slowing. Regulators may need to lighten their grip. Until November's midterm elections, politics will color economic reports.
Home construction in June reached its lowest level since October, 2009. That, plus potential new foreclosures, could negatively impact the housing industry across the US.
Like winter blizzards, a summer heat wave favors certain segments of the economy. When it feels like Death Valley in New Jersey, air conditioners, kiddie pools, and fitness drinks sell like crazy.
Much of the drop in the unemployment rate occurred because disappointed workers stopped looking for jobs.
Some critics cite government 'takeover' of business and 'giveaways' to the poor as signs that President Obama is a socialist. Members of the Socialist Party are among those who disagree.
Private sector businesses added just 41,000 new jobs in May, leading Republicans to criticize Obama's economic plan. But analysts see a few bright spots.
The February jobs report showed the unemployment rate steady at 9.7 percent and 36,000 jobs lost. Hiring may get a boost in March.
Economists see some optimism in the unemployment rate as well as in other employment data. But overall, jobs are still being lost.
The number of long-term unemployed – 6.1 million – is the most since the US started keeping track in 1948. Here is a look at some of these people as they search for a job.