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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

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Factory, construction growth boost outlook

WASHINGTON - Expectations are rising for a stronger U.S. economy in 2014 after reports Thursday showed solid growth in manufacturing and construction spending at the end of last year.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Consumer confidence index rises in December

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month on a better outlook for hiring and overall growth, supporting other signs that show the economy could accelerate in 2014.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

US income gap slows growth

WASHINGTON - The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy. 
By Christopher S. Rugaber

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Consumers' big purchases lift hopes for US economy

WASHINGTON - Ameri­cans ramped up spending at retail businesses in November, providing a boost to the economy just in time for the holidays.
By Christopher S. Rugaber

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
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