According to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the number of U.S. jobless claims decreased last week, but not enough to confirm that national employment is improving. Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped from 404,000 to 402,000. Experts claim that applications need to fall below 375,000 to suggest that the job market is truly improving. On a more positive note, the Commerce Department reported that companies have been ordering more computers, and heavy machinery, suggesting that they may feel confident enough in the future economy to invest and spend. In addition, sales of new homes increased from August to September. Let’s hope more good news arrives soon!