U.S. manufacturing slows in June

Manufacturing activity grew in June at its slowest pace in eight months, according to the financial data firm Markit. Reuters reports that the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index was lower than predicted because overseas demand dropped and companies hired the fewest new workers in three years.


Eurozone double whammy: high unemployment and prices

Unemployment is at a record high in the eurozone and consumer prices are rising, driven largely by volatile food and energy prices, according to a Reuters report on monthly economic indicators issued Monday by the eurozone's statistics office, Eurostat.


Survey: Women continue to do more home chores than men

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual report on how Americans spend their time when they are not at work shows that women spend about an hour a day more on household activities than do men, a few minutes more on shopping and about 10 minutes less a day on exercise, according this 24/7 Wall St. article.  But we also told the survey takers that we're getting more than eight hours of sleep on average too, so take the statistics with a grain of salt.