7:07am

Wed November 24, 2010
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Drop; Spending Goes Up; Orders Fall

The latest economic numbers to consider:

-- The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits declined to 407,000 last week, the Employment and Training Administration says, from 441,000 the week before. The last time weekly claims were this low: July 2008.

-- As personal income rose 0.5% in October from September, consumer spending went up 0.4%, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. According to the Associated Press, "the increases in both income and spending last month were the most since August."

-- But the Census Bureau says orders for "manufactured durable goods" fell 3.3% in October from September. Bloomberg News says the decline was unexpected and raises the risk "that companies will scale back on investments in new equipment."

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