Stories 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

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

US consumer confidence near a 7-year high

US consumer confidence rises for fourth month to highest level in nearly 7 years.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

AP survey: Fed's outlook correct but not solution

US economists agree with Fed's concerns but fear it will raise rates too late.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Existing home sales rise for fourth consecutive month

WASHINGTON - A fourth consecutive monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

218,000 jobs added in July

WASHINGTON — Private employers added 218,000 jobs, down from 281,000 in June. It was the fourth straight month of job gains above 200,000.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Businesses' job listings increase

WASHINGTON - U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, June 6, 2014

US employers add jobs at pace not seen since 1999

WASHINGTON - For the first time since 1999, American employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month for four straight months, offering more evidence that the U.S. economy is steadily growing.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

U.S. reports 4th month of solid job gains

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Survey: US companies added 179,000 jobs in May

WASHINGTON - U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months, a private survey showed.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fewest Americans in 7 years seek unemployment aid

Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 24,000 to 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the fewest since May 12, 2007.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, May 5, 2014

US service sector expands at fastest pace in 8 months

US service sector expands at fastest pace in 8 months as new orders and sales jump.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Economy warms up with weather

Consumers are ramping up spending, businesses are ordering more goods and manufacturers are expanding.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, April 28, 2014

Threat seen in China’s lending bubble

WASHINGTON - Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. 
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

US home sales dip; Augusta rises

National sales edged down 0.2 percent, the seventh drop in the past eight months. For the Augusta metro area, home sales in March were higher than February.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Americans see middle-class status as unobtainable goal now

WASHINGTON — A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the realization that ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, March 20, 2014

U.S. home sales slip to lowest level in 19 months

WASHINGTON - Sales of U.S. existing homes slipped in February to their lowest level since July 2012 as severe winter weather, rising prices and a tight supply of homes discouraged buyers.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Home prices dip for second month

WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices fell for the second consecutive month in December as brutally cold weather, tight supply and higher costs slowed sales.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

December job openings fall

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in December and hiring slowed, adding to evidence that the job market weakened that month.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Signs of slower growth intensify focus on jobs report

WASHINGTON - Fears of an economic slowdown are heightening anticipation of what Friday's U.S. jobs report for January might reveal.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Spending boosts hopes for 2014

WASHINGTON - Hopes are rising that consumers will drive stronger growth in 2014 after they stepped up spending at the end of last year in the United States and Europe.
By Christopher S. Rugaber
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