Stocks dropped early in trading Thursday after the government reported that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seven-year high and that orders for manufactured goods dropped by 4 percent in August.

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Wholesale inflation surged in July, leaving prices for the past year rising at the fastest pace in 27 years, while construction of homes and apartments fell to the lowest level in more than 17 years, the government reported Tuesday.

Jun 06

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Unemployment Rate Jumps to 5.5% in May

The nation's unemployment rate hit 5.5 percent in May as employers cut 49,000 jobs, providing a fresh snapshot of a still-struggling U.S. economy. Employers have now cut payrolls for five straight months.

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