Stories by Paul Wiseman

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

US home building up in March after frigid winter

US home construction rises in March after bitter winter, led by gain in single-family homes.
By Paul Wiseman

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Income gap largest since 1920s

The richest 1 percent of Americans are collecting the biggest share of household income since the 1920s, according to a new analysis.
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Unemployment applications fall

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth.
By Paul Wiseman

Monday, April 1, 2013

Manufacturing slows, but hiring picks up

U.S. manufacturing activity expanded more slowly in March than February, held back by weaker growth in production and new orders. But factories hired at the fastest pace in nine months.
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012

Consumer confidence drops for December

Fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since August.
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Unemployment applications rise

Unemployment claims rose the week of Dec. 15 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000 from a revised 344,000 the week before.
By Paul Wiseman

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012

US recovery is weakest since World War II

Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in ...
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fewer file for jobless benefits

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week following a sharp drop the previous week.
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, May 3, 2012

US economy recovering slowly

The U.S. economy's recovery looks enduring. It's just not very strong. Hiring, housing, consumer spending and manufacturing all appear to be improving, yet remain less than healthy.
By Paul Wiseman

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Economic optimism climbs

Companies are generating waves of jobs. The same thing happened last year around this time. Then everything faded to black. Does a happier ending await this time?
By Paul Wiseman

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Big debt cuts haven't helped Europe

WASHINGTON - Europe has endured layoffs, wage cuts and tax increases to bring government debt under control. So where's the gain?
By Paul Wiseman

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Economy ends tough year on an upswing

Economy is looking up as year ends, but economists worry that recent gains won't last in 2012
By Paul Wiseman

Friday, July 8, 2011

Job numbers go against past post-recession trends

A dismal June employment report shows employers are adding nowhere near as many jobs as they normally do this long after a recession has ended.
By Paul Wiseman