Olivia Rockeman

Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Rises, Inflation Outlook Moderates

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U.S. consumer sentiment rose in early June by more than expected on improved outlooks for the economy and moderating inflation expectations.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2021
Government, Business

Economists Brace for Another Volatile Monthly Jobs Report

An employee wearing a protective mask assists customers at a department store in Georgia. An employee wearing a protective mask assists customers at a department store in Georgia. (Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg News)

Economists, blindsided by a major miss in April’s U.S. employment report, are now ready for any number of surprises.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
June 3, 2021
Government, Business

Manufacturing Output Increased in April for a Second Month

factory worker A worker at the Arcimoto manufacturing facility in Eugene, Ore., on April 19. (Alisha Jucevic/Bloomberg)

U.S. manufacturing output rose in April by slightly more than expected, suggesting further improvement for factories that are otherwise buffeted by supply shortages and shipping challenges.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
May 14, 2021
Government, Business

Job Growth Softens, Misses Estimates

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U.S. job growth unexpectedly softened in April from the prior month, suggesting that difficulty attracting workers is slowing momentum in the labor market.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2021
Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Climbs as Virus Restrictions Ease

 A shopper walks through a mall in Columbus, Ohio. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) A shopper walks through a mall in Columbus, Ohio. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Consumer sentiment continued to improve in late March to a one-year high as more Americans got coronavirus vaccinations and business restrictions eased in many states.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Decline by More Than Forecast Last Week

Workers powder-coat components at a factory in Williamsburg, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell by more than forecast last week to the lowest since November, signaling that job cuts are starting to ebb as COVID-19 infections decline and vaccinations accelerate.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Government, Business

US State Jobless Claims Ease While Federal Programs Swell

A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News) A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell slightly last week while claims for federal benefits swelled, illustrating the persistent challenges in the system of delivering financial aid to the nation’s jobless.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall by More Than Expected

Inside a shop in Bryant Park's Winter Village in New York. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Bloomberg News) Inside a shop in Bryant Park's Winter Village in New York. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell last week, signaling that job cuts may be easing after rising in December and early January.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Fall Slightly; Remain Near 1 Million

A "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in New Hampshire. A "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H., in December 2020. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell only slightly the week of Jan. 11 and remained elevated, signaling heightened pandemic-related strain in the U.S. labor market just as Joe Biden begins his first days as president.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Jump by Most Since March, Approach 1 Million

A contractor frames a house under construction in Utah in December 2020. (George Frey/Bloomberg News) A contractor frames a house under construction in Utah in December 2020. (George Frey/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits surged last week by the most since late March, pointing to persistent labor market pain as coronavirus infections continue to soar and potentially adding to momentum for a larger federal stimulus plan.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 14, 2021

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