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Economic gains boost US confidence to 5-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices are surging, job growth is strengthening and stocks are setting record highs. All of which explains why Americans are more hopeful about the economy than at any other point in five years. Investors o...

 

US economy adds 88K jobs, rate drops to 7.6 pct.

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown is a reminder that the job market's path back to full health will be...

 

Economic growth improves to 2 pct. rate in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. Growth accelerated from the 1.3 percent rate in the...

 

Fewer seek US unemployment aid, tying a 4-year low

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez George's restaurant employee David Lopez works on filling a customers order, in Waco, Texas. Fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening....

 

Economy adds 227K jobs, jobless rate unchanged

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force.... Full story

 

Unemployment rate falls as economy adds 200K jobs

WASHINGTON — A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net...

 

Unemployment rate falls as economy adds 200K jobs

WASHINGTON — A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net...

 

US unemployment claims hit 4-year low of 357K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace. Weekly applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted...

 

US economy adds 163K jobs, rate rises to 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, a hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent in June. July's... Full story

 

US applications for unemployment aid drop sharply

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by the most in nearly a year. The figure was a hopeful sign one day before the government releases the April jobs report. The Labor Department said...

 

US economy added 69K jobs in May, fewest in a year

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers created 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File Job seeker... Full story

 

Consumer price index jumps on costlier gas

A man with a Santa cap looks up at a marquee with high gas prices at a Shell gas station in San Francisco. Consumer prices rose last month as the cost of gas increased by the largest amount since June 2009. But outside of energy...

 

Unemployment rose to 9.2 percent as hiring stalls

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Renita Manny Williamson, a former Army reservist listens as Mississippi Department of Employment Security representative Tuskie Sanders. right, suggests ways to improve a job application letter at a state... Full story

 

Economy added 103,000 jobs in September

WASHINGTON — The economy added 103,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that followed a sluggish summer. The figure at least temporarily calms fears of a new recession that have hung over Wall Street and the nation for...

 

Unemployment rate falls to 9.4 percent, hiring up

Unemployment rate falls to 9.4 percent, hiring up CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. That was because more...

 

US added 80,000 jobs in October; jobless rate dips

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and job growth in the two previous months was much stronger than first thought, an encouraging sign as the nation searches for a way out of the jobs crisis. The...

 

Employers added 54K jobs, rate ticks up to 9.1 pct

WASHINGTON — American employers hired only 54,000 new workers in May, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent. The Labor Department report offered startling evidence that the U.S. economy is slow...

 

First-time jobless claims drop less than expected

A drop in new jobless claims came in short of expectations and factory orders rose only slightly, fresh evidence the economy is recovering at a slow, uneven pace. The Labor Department said this morning that first-time jobless...

 

Good sign: First-time jobless claims drop

The number of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits slipped last week, the latest sign the employment picture is slowly brightening. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims fell by 6,000 to a seasonally...

 

Jan. jobless rate dips to 9.7 percent

The outlook for jobs became a bit less bleak with January's unexpected decline in the unemployment rate, which fell to 9.7 percent from 10 percent as more Americans said they had jobs. Still, Today's unemployment report showed...

 

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