Solar hiring is flaring
MarketWatch: Solar energy companies are hiring workers faster than the overall economy, and are optimistic that hiring will continue at the same brisk pace this year, according to a jobs report by The Solar Foundation, a solar industry trade group. Solar firms expect their employment to grow 16 percent over the next year, adding about 22,000 new workers to the 143,000 that were employed by the industry in 2013, the foundation said earlier this week while reporting the results of its 2013 jobs census.

Highlights of the tumultuous reign of Ben Bernanke
Bloomberg: Intellectually, Ben S. Bernanke was prepared to tackle the gravest economic crisis since the 1930s as chairman of the Federal Reserve. A Princeton University economics professor, he was an expert on the causes of the Great Depression. He was a practitioner as well as economic historian. Yet in other ways, from dealings with reporters, bankers and members of Congress, there was little that could have prepared Bernanke for the challenges to come. Here are some highlights of his eight-year term, which ends today.

U.S. economic growth bests predictions
Reuters: Robust household spending and rising exports kept the U.S. economy on solid ground in the fourth quarter, but stagnant wages could chip away some of the momentum in early 2014. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, the U.S. Commerce Department said today. Though that was a slowdown from the third quarter's brisk 4.1 percent pace, it was a far stronger performance than earlier anticipated.