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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Federal Report? ‘Let Me Google That’ — $48 ‘Wastebook’

“Why does the federal government have an office that sells reports that are available for free on-line?” Sen. Tom Coburn, the soon-retiring Oklahoma Republican who has made a name for himself in rooting out federal government waste, says this is...

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 5.04 Million

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose 2.6 percent to a 5.04 million annual rate in June. That’s the highest level in eight months, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. “Historically low interest rates and smaller price...

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Shoppers in New York City.

Photograph by Atisha Paulson/Bloomberg

Shoppers in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.7

A weekly buying-climate gauge rose to 34.7 on a zero-to-100 scale in the week ended July 13. That’s the best reading for the buying-climate sub-index since late April, and the second-strongest since November 2007, according to Langer Research Associates. It...

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A bricklayer moves scaffolding at a construction site for single-family townhouses in Glenview, Illinois.

Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

A bricklayer moves scaffolding at a construction site for single-family townhouses in Glenview, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 28%

That’s the share of public construction as a share of total construction. The Census Bureau reports $953.5 billion in construction was put in place in the U.S. in April, and $267 billion of that was spent by governments. The survey...

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A forklift operator in Sycamore, Illinois.

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A forklift operator in Sycamore, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 36

Payrolls grew in 36 states in May. Texas led the gainers, with a 56,400 increase in employment, as Victoria Stilwell reports on the latest state-by-state employment count from the U.S. Department of Labor. Pennsylvania ranked second, with 24,700 added jobs....

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Inside The San Diego Veteran Job Fair As Jobless Claims In U.S. Climb

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Bloomberg by the Numbers: 48.5

A monthly Bloomberg expectations gauge rose to 48.5 in June, the highest level in one year. “Sustained improvement in the labor market and modest wage gains appear to be offsetting rising food and gasoline costs,” Joseph Brusuelas, senior economist at Bloomberg LP,...

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Home construction in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

Photograph by Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Home construction in Wesley Chapel, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 49

The National Association of Home Builders sentiment gauge rose to 49 this month from 45. It’s the biggest jump in the index since last July, as Bloomberg’s Shobhana Chandra reports here. “That long and harsh winter, which seemed to have...

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