Stories by Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, May 15, 2015

US industrial output falls for 5th month on lower drilling

WASHINGTON - A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth consecutive month in April.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

US job openings fall, hiring rises in mixed report

US job openings fall, hiring rises as figures paint mixed picture of labor market.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, May 8, 2015

Job auditions give new hope for some long-term unemployed

Platform to Employment provides job-search training before arranging subsidized auditions. This eliminates any risk to employers while giving the jobless an opening to prove themselves.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

April job report offers some reassurance

WASHINGTON - Re­boun­ding from a dismal start to the year, the U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggested employers are helping fuel a durable if still subpar ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hiring by US businesses slows sharply in April

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, April 30, 2015

US wage growth shows signs of strength as hiring picks up

US wage growth shows signs of strengthening as strong hiring boosts competition for workers.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Applications for US unemployment aid plunge to 15-year low

Applications for US jobless aid plunge to 15-year low, a sign growth slowdown may be temporary.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

US home prices accelerated in February as sales rise

US home prices accelerated in February as sales rise, supply stays tight.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, April 23, 2015

US jobless aid applications stay low, a sign of few layoffs

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was little changed last week, evidence that employers are cutting few jobs.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unemployment falls in just 23 US states as hiring slows

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states last month and rose in 12 as employers pulled back on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, April 20, 2015

Survey: US businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

Survey: US businesses optimistic sales will rebound and plan to boost pay, hiring.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Applications for US jobless aid rise but still at low level

WASHINGTON — More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications for jobless aid overall remain low — a reassuring sign after hiring slowed last month.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

US job openings surge, yet employers slow to hire

WASHINGTON — U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, April 6, 2015

Service firms grew at slower pace

WASHINGTON - U.S. service firms expanded at a slightly slower yet still healthy pace in March, an encouraging sign after multiple reports last week pointed to a slowing economy.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cold slows economy down

WASHINGTON - For a second year, harsh winter weather has kept Americans away from shopping centers, slowed home sales and weighed on U.S. economic growth.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

US retail sales fall for 3rd month as auto purchases drop

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales fell in February, as auto purchases dropped by the most in more than a year and Americans spent less at restaurants and home improvement stores.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Applications for US unemployment benefits fall sharply

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

US job openings reach a 14-year high, and more workers quit

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised the most jobs in 14 years in January, and more workers quit — both signs of a steadily strengthening job market.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, March 6, 2015

US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 percent

US employers added a robust 295K jobs in Feb; unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Applications for US jobless aid inch up to a 10-month high

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.
By Christopher S. Rugaber
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