PhotoCash registers were buzzing, or ringing, or whatever it is they do, a little more during May.

The government reports consumer spending rose 0.3% after falling that much in April. Personal income, meanwhile was up 0.5% May following a miniscule gain of 0.1% the previous month.

The income increase exceeded the expectation of economists surveyed by , who projected a rise of just 0.2%. However the spending gain fell short of analysts' forecast of a 0.4% advance.

The full report can be found at the Bureau of Economic Analysis website.

Jobless claims

PhotoThe line for state unemployment benefits was a little shorter last week.

First-time jobless claims were down by 9,000 during the week ending June 22, to 346,000. analysts had called for a total of 345,000.

The 4-week moving average, which is less volatile than the weekly number and considered a more accurate gauge of the labor market, was 345,750 -- a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 348,500.

The complete reports is available at Labor Department website.

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