Initial unemployment claims plunge last week

(July 12, 2012) -- Initial unemployment insurance claims in the United States fell a larger-than-expected 26,000 in the week ending July 7, thereby building on a 12,000 drop to 376,000 the previous week. This result marked the lowest level of claims since March 2008; however, the Labor Department reportedly noted that part of the drop may have reflected fewer than normal shutdowns in the auto sector in the week, said Janzen.

Interior contributed $385 billion to U.S. economy in 2011

(July 11, 2012) -- From facilitating energy development, to managing America’s public lands for tourism and outdoor recreation, to assisting Indian tribes with education and economic growth, the activities of the Department of the Interior contributed $385 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than two million jobs in 2011, according to a new report released Monday.

Never pay up front, says Ariz. RV owners

(July 11, 2012) -- Deborah Bushnell and her husband bought a 20-year-old motorhome so they could travel more. She said the striping and the decals were fading and peeling, but all of that pinstriping was going to be replaced during a recent visit to an East Valley RV park, or so they thought, reports AZFamily.