Economy

Initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to a new pandemic-era low last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. First-time filings for benefits totaled 360,000, in line with Dow Jones estimates and the best number since March 14, 2020. The total represented a substantial decrease from the previous week’s upwardly revised 386,000. Continuing claims, which run
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that prices could continue to rise for several more months, though she expects the recent startling inflation run to ease over time,. In a CNBC interview, the Cabinet official added that she worries about the problems inflation could pose for lower-income families looking to buy homes at a time
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies during a U.S. House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee hearing on coronavirus crisis, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 22, 2021. Graeme Jennings | Pool | Reuters Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is tasked this week with convincing Congress that the ultra-easy policies the central bank has followed during