The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 379,000, the highest since March. The increase may reflect volatility around the Thanksgiving holidays.
Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses also are going up.
The Obama administration says the average monthly premium for Medicare prescription drug plans will inch up by $1 next year, to $31.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren questioned minimum wage increases during a Senate hearing, and cited a study that suggests the federal minimum wage should be standing at $22 an hour.