Stories 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

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Another month of solid US hiring clears way for Fed hike

WASHINGTON — If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Nov. jobs report: Did pay growth continue?

WASHINGTON — As the government prepares to issue the November jobs report, a key question remains unanswered: Is the U.S. job market finally healthy enough to lift Americans’ long-stagnant pay?
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Black Friday store sales fall

WASHINGTON - Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online. Sales at retail stores on Black Friday fell to $10.4 billion this year, down from $11.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 32 U.S. states last month – including Georgia – as employers nationwide added the most jobs of any month this year.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

US hiring surges in October with 271,000 jobs added

WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring swelled in October by the largest amount all year, and unemployment dropped another notch to 5 percent, making a Federal Re­serve interest-rate increase next ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

As pessimism of consumers grows, US economy shrinks

WASHINGTON — Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump. That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. 
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Strong sales lift US home prices 5.1 percent in August

US home prices rise 5.1 percent in August from year earlier, lifted by solid sales.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

More than half of US states report job losses in September

Employers cut jobs in most US states in September as nationwide hiring slows.
By Christopher S. Rugaber
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