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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

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
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