Stories by Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

US hiring cools down in August

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August after two blockbuster months and barely raised their workers' pay, a pullback that might lead the Federal Reserve to leave interest rates ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

US home prices rise in June at slowest pace in 10 months

WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices rose modestly in June, pushed up by strong sales and a limited supply of available properties.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

How the Trump and Clinton tax plans would affect Americans

WASHINGTON - For America's wealthiest families, the presidential campaign presents a stark choice: A big tax increase if Hillary Clinton wins the election, or a big tax cut if Donald Trump wins.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Aug 19, 2016

Employers added jobs at healthy pace in many swing states

WASHINGTON - Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Aug 12, 2016

US retail sales flat in July after 3 months of solid gains

WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales were unchanged in July from the previous month, a sign that consumers were cautious after three months of solid gains.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016

US employers advertised, hired more in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers advertised more openings and hired more people in June, adding to evidence that the job market has rebounded from a brief soft patch in the spring.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Aug 5, 2016

July hiring report bolsters hopes for economy

WASHINGTON - Years of steady job gains have finally begun to benefit a wider range of Ameri­cans, including those with less education and in lower-paying jobs.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

Private sector reports steady job growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added 179,000 jobs in July, according to a private survey, a steady gain suggesting that hiring remains healthy after a sharp fall-off in the spring.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, July 8, 2016

Robust hiring gain in June points to resilient economy

Last month's gain - 287,000 jobs, the most since October 2015 - showed that employers shook off a hiring slump in April and May and suggested that the economy will continue to grow steadily.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Job openings rise, but employers reduce hiring

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in nine months in April but pulled back on filling them, a sign of caution that could reflect concerns about tepid economic growth.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, May 6, 2016

Hiring slowdown not worrying economists

American employers signaled their caution about a sluggish economy by slowing their pace of hiring in April after months of robust job growth. At the same time, companies raised pay, and their ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

US businesses add jobs at slowest pace in three years, survey finds

U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could be weighing on hiring.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, April 1, 2016

Americans back in job market at heightened pace

WASHINGTON — Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, March 25, 2016

Jobs slow to return in 10 states

WASHINGTON — Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after 6½ years of recovery, while many more have seen only modest gains.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Sherwin-Williams buying rival Valspar

WASHINGTON - Sherwin-Williams, which has long claimed to "cover the Earth" with its paints, is buying rival Valspar for about $9 billion in a move it says will expand its reach in Asia and Europe.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, March 17, 2016

US job market's January stumble likely to prove temporary

WASHINGTON - The U.S. job market stumbled a bit in January, yet data released Thursday suggests the slowdown was likely temporary.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Falling oil prices could lead consumers to spend more later

Cheaper gasoline and heating oil are giving consumers worldwide more money that they can use to step up spending later - and perhaps energize economies in the United States, Europe and much of Asia.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Applications for US jobless aid hit 6-month high

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since July, though applications remained at historically low levels.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Year-end hiring strong, though US wages slide

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is motoring ahead despite slowing global growth that caused upheavals in financial markets around the world this week.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

US job openings slip in October; hiring, quits rise

US job openings slip, while hiring and quits rise in latest sign of job market health.
By Christopher S. Rugaber
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