Stories by Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Fewer homes for sale pushes up US house prices in December

US home prices rise at steady pace in December, lifted by a limited supply of homes for sale.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 283,000

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall to 283,000, latest sign of improving job market.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Americans aren't spending their gasoline savings

Even though Americans spent $6.7 billion less at gas stations in January than they had two months earlier, the extra cash didn't get spent anywhere else: Retail sales, excluding gas, fell slightly ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Large student debt load limits young Americans' home-buying

WASHINGTON — Younger Americans are struggling to keep up with steadily-rising student debt loads, a burden that is limiting their ability to buy homes.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

Unemployed slowed in job hunt despite growth

The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed despite recent job growth. Multiple interviews, blackhole job sites and skill deficiencies have kept the process long ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Nation sees increase in jobs, pay in January

A resurgent job market in January signaled that the U.S. economy is regaining the strength of a healthy recovery - with wages rising and people looking for jobs again.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

US businesses post steady job gain in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies hired at a solid pace last month, a private survey found, the latest sign of steady improvement in the job market.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

US factories grew last month at slowest pace in a year

US manufacturers expanded last month at slowest pace in a year as orders, hiring weaken.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

US unemployment benefit applications plunge to 15-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Holiday shopping slump: US retail sales fell in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales stumbled last month in a sign consumers remained frugal even as gas prices declined and hiring picked up.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

US job openings jump to 14-year high

US job openings jump to 14-year high in latest sign that strong hiring will continue.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

US gains 252K jobs; unemployment falls to 5.6 percent

WASHINGTON — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. 
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

US companies stepped up hiring in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation’s economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

US services firms grew at steady but slower pace last month

US services firms expand at steady but slower pace in December as sales, orders slow.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

US factories grow at slowest pace in 6 months

WASHINGTON — U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

US economy poised to propel global growth in 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is back and ready to steer global growth in 2015. After long struggling, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak.
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
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