Stories by Paul Wiseman

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

US-Cuba diplomatic thaw could benefit industries

WASHINGTON — The United States’ commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took power on the Caribbean island. Now U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume at last.
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

US proves surprisingly resilient

The International Monetary Fund, which heightened jitters by cutting its forecasts for global economic growth, has actually upgraded its outlook for the United States.
By Paul Wiseman

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Economic forecast in much of world: Dim to gloomy

Global gloom: Pew survey finds widespread dissatisfaction with economic performance.
By Paul Wiseman

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Doubt cast on central bank's plans

WASHINGTON - For the struggling Spanish shopkeeper or Portuguese restaurant owner, the European Central Bank's stimulus plan won't provide much relief.
By Paul Wiseman

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall

WASHINGTON - Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.
By Paul Wiseman

Sunday, July 6, 2014

What's making US economy a world beater? 5 factors

WASHINGTON - How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Yet the U.S. job market is humming, and the pace of ...
By Paul Wiseman

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

32 states trail US as a whole in job recovery

WASHINGTON — Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven’t regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has.
By Paul Wiseman

Monday, May 26, 2014

Business ties tight despite hacking fears

WASHINGTON - China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China's vast market remains irresistible.
By Paul Wiseman

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Slowing in China could pinch US

WASHINGTON - After watching China narrow the U.S. lead as the world's largest economy, Americans might be tempted to cheer but bad news for one economic superpower is bad for another.
By Paul Wiseman

Monday, April 21, 2014

Warmer temperatures revitalizing economy

A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter's deep freeze.
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

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Kettle donations rise in 2014

After a disappointing showing last year, donations to the Salvation Army's local Red Kettle Campaign have risen nearly 20 percent in 2014.
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