Stories 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

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
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