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Leading Economic Indicators Up Slightly

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the United States rose 0.1 percent in May to 95.2, a disappointing movement compared to April's 0.8 percent increase. However, experts at the Conference Board note the index's stability is a good sign. "Despite month-to-month volatility, the LEI's six-month growth rate remains steady, suggesting that conditions in the economy remain resilient," said economist Ataman Ozyildirim. The Coincident Economic Index rose 0.2 percent, while the Lagging Economic Index increased 0.3 percent.

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Consumer Spending Index Inches Up in May

Improvements in housing and labor lifted Deloitte's Consumer Spending Index for May, the company reported. The index, which comprises four components--tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages, and real home prices--rose to a reading of 4.27 from April's 4.12. The index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future spending. Three out of the four components contributed to May's uptick, according to Daniel Bachman, senior U.S. economist for Deloitte.

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First-Time Jobless Filings Continue Down

Unemployment

First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell to 334,000 for week ending June 8, dropping 12,000 after decreasing 11,000 one week earlier, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected initial claims to increase to 350,000 from the prior week. Claims filings for the week ending June 1 remained at the originally reported 346,000.

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Americans’ Financial Worries Fall to 4-Year Low

The Consumer Reports Trouble Tracker Index, which measures the proportion of consumers that have faced financial difficulties and the number of events they've encountered, fell sharply from 41.7 in the last report to 34.0--the lowest level since the measure was created. As of the latest report, the tracker has fallen more than 50 percent from its reading of 68.7 in September 2009. At the same time, the index's employment measures showed job gains outpacing losses for the third straight month.

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Job Openings Dip in April, Hiring on Fastest Pace Since 2008

The number of job openings fell in April for the fourth time in the last five months as the number of people leaving their jobs jumped to the highest level since August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Tuesday in its month Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). According to the JOLTS report, the number of persons unemployed for each job opening rose to 3.10, the first increase in that measure since February. The number of unemployed per job opening fell sharply in the construction industry to 7.7.

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Commentary: Does Homeownership Cause Unemployment?

When President George W. Bush followed his predecessor Bill Clinton in pushing homeownership, one loud dissenter was British economist Andrew Oswald, who argued that far from improving the economy--as Bush (and Clinton before him) said it would--homeownership hurts the economy in the long run. Now, Oswald and Dartmouth Economics Professor David Blanchflower are at it again in a new paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research with arguments even they admit may be shallow.

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Initial Jobless Claims Fall During Holiday Week

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First time claims for unemployment insurance fell back to 346,000 for the holiday-shortened week ended June 1, dropping 11,000 after increasing 13,000 one week earlier the Labor Department reported Thursday. Economists expected initial claims to drop to 345,000.

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