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Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

US job openings, overall hiring reach 5-year highs

WASHINGTON - Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday, the most since March 2008. Total hiring increased 26,000 to 4.6 million, the highest ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

US budget deficit falls 24 percent in October

The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

US businesses unfazed by shutdown

WASHINGTON - Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

US added surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October

US employers added 204,000 jobs in October; unemployment rate rises to 7.3 percent.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Home prices rise at slower pace in September

US home prices rise at slower pace in September as higher mortgage rates weigh on sales.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Federal Reserve to assess blurry picture of economy

Figures reflect higher borrowing costs, slower hiring and rising uncertainty just before much of the government shut down Oct. 1 - all trends that the Federal Reserve is trying to assess at a ...
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

US existing-home sales declining

Americans bought fewer existing homes in September than the previous month, held back by higher mortgage rates and rising prices.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Shutdown squeezed corners of US economy

WASHINGTON - The full economic effect of the 16-day partial government shutdown will take months to tally. But it's already clear it left its footprints in key areas of the economy.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

Deal lifts markets but does little for US economy

WASHINGTON - The budget agreement Congress reached Wednes­day cheered investors and removed the threat of a catastrophic debt default that could have triggered another recession.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Weaker emerging markets to drag down global growth

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday cut its global economic growth forecasts and warned that the U.S. would harm the world economy if it fails to raise its borrowing limit.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, Aug 26, 2013

Orders plunge suggests weak start

WASHINGTON - Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell sharply last month as demand for commercial aircraft plummeted and businesses spent less on computers and electrical equipment.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

Unemployment aid applications rise, layoffs low

WASHINGTON — Applications for unemployment aid rose 13,000 last week to 336,000, but layoffs still low.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013

U.S. home sales increase in July

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surged in July, approaching a healthy level for the first time since November 2009.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Aug 16, 2013

Builders began work on more homes in July

US builders began work on more homes in July, but single-family construction and permits fell due to concerns over rising mortgage rates.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Friday, Aug 2, 2013

Economy adds modest 162,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy is steadily adding jobs - just not at a consistently strong pace. July's modest gain of 162,000 jobs was the smallest since March.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New-home sales increase

WASHINGTON - Ameri­cans snapped up new homes in June at the fastest pace in five years, a sign the housing recovery is strengthening.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Monday, July 22, 2013

Home sales slow in June

U.S. sales of previously occupied homes dipped in June but remain near a 3½-year high.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Reports point to solid US hiring in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. companies stepped up hiring last month, a private survey showed Wednesday. And the government says fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

US home prices soar 12.2 percent from a year earlier

WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices jumped 12.2 percent in May from a year ago, the most in seven years. The increase suggests the housing recovery is strengthening.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Higher interest rates to touch many sectors

Long-term borrowing rates, though still historically low, are rising. And once the Fed starts scaling back bond purchases, those trends could accelerate. Here's how higher rates will affect groups.
By Christopher S. Rugaber
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Property tax increase OK'd

Augusta commissioners broke a seven-year trend Wednesday and agreed 7-0 to raise property taxes by 1.75 mills to cover a deficit and provide employees a small bonus.
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