Higher than expected consumer spending meant the economy grew more than previously thought in the last three months of 2013
The economy is looking a bit sunnier, and just in time for spring.
Dual economic indicators released Thursday offered some good news for the U.S. economy coming out of this year’s harsh winter. The Commerce Department said the economy grew by 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, more than previously thought, as consumer spending beat previous estimates. In all of 2013, the economy grew 1.9 percent.
Also on Thursday, the Department of Labor said applications for unemployment benefits—a key indicator of the U.S. job environment—fell last week to a near-four-month low. Jobless claims fell 10,000 to 311,000 in the week ending March 22, while economists surveyed by Bloomberg expected a slight uptick.