Stories by Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Unemployment rates fell in 41 US states last month

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November and were unchanged in six more, reflecting healthy job gains across the country.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Job market hits turning point

For the first time since the recession ended 5½ years ago, America's unemployed are now as likely to be hired as to stop looking for a job.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

WASHINGTON — A burst of U.S. hiring in November added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

US companies added 208,000 jobs last month

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday’s November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

More US CEOs plan to boost hiring in next 6 months

US CEOs expect to step up hiring amid steady sales growth; investment plans drop.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

US factory growth slips, stays healthy in November

US manufacturing grew at healthy pace in November, though slightly slower than previous month.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Applications for jobless aid top 300,000

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Unemployment aid applications fall to 291,000

Applications for US jobless aid slip; fewest Americans receiving benefits in 14 years.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

US retail sales rise ahead of holiday shopping

WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

US companies hire at fastest pace in 7 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. 
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

US employers add 214,000 jobs; jobless rate falls

WASHINGTON - Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Survey: US businesses add 230,000 jobs in October

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, a private survey said, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014

China slowdown will cause global pain, economists say

WASHINGTON - China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, soaking up oil, iron ore and other commodities from developing countries and autos and luxury goods ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

US home price gains slow for 4th straight month

US home prices rise at slowest pace in nearly 2 years as sales remain modest.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month

Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states, most gain jobs in final pre-election report.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Claims for jobless aid reach 14-year low

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Global slowdown could lead Fed to delay rate increase

WASHINGTON - Just as the U.S. job market has strengthened, the Federal Reserve confronts a sputtering global economy that has spooked investors across the world.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

US jobless rate falls to 6-year low of 5.9 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

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