U.S. GDP Grew at 0.1% Rate in Fourth Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 0.1 percent annual rate from October through December, the weakest performance in nearly two years. But economists believe a steady housing rebound in housing and solid business and consumer spending is pushing growth higher in the current quarter.

U.S. Economic Growth Slowed to 1.5% in Second Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.

Why Weekly Jobless Claims Below 400,000 Is Key

Economists and commentators talk why initial jobless claims need to falling below the 400,000 level. But exactly why is that number significant for the U.S. economy and investors? Here's the lowdown, based on the past performance of jobless claims and economic growth.