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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Jul 19 2018

U.S. weekly jobless claims hit more than 48-and-a-half-year low

WASHINGTON The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to a more than 48-1/2-year low last week as the labor market strengthens further, but trade tensions are casting a shadow over the economy's outlook.

Jul 18 2018

U.S. housing starts hit nine-month low; permits drop

WASHINGTON U.S. homebuilding fell to a nine-month low in June and permits for future construction declined for a third straight month, dealing a blow to the housing market as it struggles with a dearth of properties available for sale. | Video

Jul 17 2018

Manufacturing, mining power U.S. industrial production

WASHINGTON U.S. industrial production increased in June, boosted by a sharp rebound in manufacturing and further gains in mining output, the latest sign of robust economic growth in the second quarter.

Jul 16 2018

Strong U.S. retail sales lift second-quarter GDP estimates

WASHINGTON U.S. retail sales rose solidly in June as households boosted purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, cementing expectations for robust economic growth in the second quarter. | Video

Jul 13 2018

U.S. import prices post biggest drop in over two years

WASHINGTON U.S. import prices fell the most in more than two years in June as prices for petroleum products fell and a strong dollar weighed on the costs of other goods.

Jul 12 2018

U.S. inflation steadily firming; labor market strong

WASHINGTON U.S. consumer prices recorded their largest increase in nearly 6-1/2 years in the year through June, while the monthly pace continued to suggest a steady buildup of inflation that could keep the Federal Reserve on a path of gradual interest rate increases.

Jul 11 2018

U.S. producer inflation rises on strong services gains

WASHINGTON U.S. producer prices increased more than expected in June amid gains in the cost of services and motor vehicles, leading to the biggest annual increase in 6-1/2 years.

Jul 10 2018

U.S. job quits rate hits 17-year high; labor market tightening

WASHINGTON More American workers voluntarily quit their jobs in May, government data showed on Tuesday, a sign of confidence in the labor market that economists say will soon boost wage growth.

Jul 06 2018

U.S. job growth underscores economy's strength, tariffs a threat

WASHINGTON The U.S. economy created more jobs than expected in June, but steady wage gains pointed to moderate inflation pressures that should keep the Federal Reserve on a path of gradual interest rate increases this year. | Video

Jul 05 2018

U.S. services sector activity picks up; jobless claims rise

WASHINGTON U.S. services sector activity picked up in June amid strong growth in new orders, but trade tariffs and a shortage of workers were starting to strain the supply chain, which could slow momentum in the coming months.

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