Orders for durable goods declined at a seasonally adjusted 0.5% in April, but excluding the transportation sector the numbers showed signs of life.
"Inequality in OECD countries is at its highest since records began,” according to the organization's secretary-general.
One important sector of the U.S. economy appears to have rebounded from a slow winter.
Philly Fed poll shows forecasters expecting only modest rebound from shaky first quarter.
A strong U.S. dollar and a fall in gasoline prices caused a 0.4% reduction in the producer price index in April.
But solid economic growth likely to be elusive this year, says NFIB chief economist William Dunkelberg.
Nonfarm payrolls grew by 223,000 in April, slightly less than the 230,000 economists predicted.
The People's Bank of China said existing policy tools would allow it to "maintain an appropriate level in liquidity."
Private-sector businesses added fewer jobs in April than analysts expected, and nonfarm productivity fell for the second quarter in a row.
Republicans are unlikely to follow up the blueprint's aggressive cuts to nondefense programs with actual legislation.