The U.S. Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate hit 5.4 percent in April, but does that rate tell the real story?» Read More
GIft cards have boomed since their introduction in the mid-1990s. Total spending on gift cards last year topped $110 billion, with more than 267,000,000 gift card sales.
But despite the demand, a surprising number of cards go unused.
The promise of Obamacare was that more Americans would have health insurance and that many would save money in the process.
But as it turns out, small differences in income can make a huge difference in cost.
Next Wednesday is Christmas, and according to the National Retail Federation more than a fifth of shoppers still aren't finished with their lists.
So where's everyone going this weekend to get their last-minute goodies?
The United States travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and doesn't seem to be slowing down.
The travel and tourism sector grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Not only is the industry growing along with the economy, it's doing so despite a slowing growth in prices.
The United States seems to be facing falling overseas demand for its goods and an increasing inventory glut at home, according to the latest ocean freight transportation statistics.
U.S. ocean container exports in November hit their lowest point since the beginning of 2010, according to an index of booking data compiled by Cass/INTTRA. In the meantime, imports dipped 6.1 percent from October to November, a period when they normally increase. The figures seemed to confirm an earlier trend of flagging freight levels.
Urban legend or not, Friday the 13th has been an unlucky day for many, judging from the multimillion-dollar accidents that have occurred on the day.
There's evidence too that Friday the 13th is indeed lucky, according to a review by the U.K.'s 1st Central Insurance of its data.
After reviewing claims occurrence on Fridays on the 6th, 13th and 20th, the company found the 13th to have the highest combined number of motor insurance claims overall.
To learn more about the biggest Friday the 13th accidents, CNBC contacted Advisen, which reviewed its Loss Insight data and found the largest damages since 1990.
The biggest accident also happens to be the most noteworthy of the bunch. Last January, the Costa Concordia liner partially sank near the Italian coast, resulting in an estimated $847 million in damage.
(Read more: Time-lapse: Raising the Costa Concordia)
In order of size, here are the next biggest Friday the 13th accidents, according to details and estimates provided by Advisen's Loss Insight data:
The income gap is widening fastest for Americans between the ages of 35 and 44, according to new analysis from Bankrate.com. The divide between the increasingly rich and the ever-poorer grew by 21 percent for that age group between 1992 and 2012.
"These are key transition years," said Chris Kahn, a Bankrate analyst, in a statement. He blames high unemployment and stagnant wages for fueling the chasm and says those confluences make it "more challenging for people to stay in the middle class or move up."
The income gap rose 17.6 percent for people aged 45 to 54, well over the 10 percent average for all Americans, according to the analysis of U.S. Census data.
(Read more on the study from Bankrate.com)