Stories 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

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

5 mysteries of US job market waiting to be solved

WASHINGTON — Just how healthy is the U.S. job market? Despite steady hiring and falling unemployment, the question has provoked sharp debate and uncertainty on the eve of the September jobs ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Fed forecasts a slightly faster increase in rates

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are considering a slightly faster increase in the Fed’s benchmark interest rate in 2015 than they did three months ago.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

US CEOs less optimistic about hiring, spending

US CEO optimism falls in 3rd quarter as chief executives see less hiring, investment.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Applications for US unemployment rise to 315K

WASHINGTON — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

US job openings near 13-year high, hiring rises

U.S. job openings remained near 13-year high in July, while total hiring jumps.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

US job growth drops to 142,000, slowest in 8 months

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in eight months in August, snapping a streak of robust gains.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Applications for US unemployment aid fall

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber
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