Articles written by Christopher S Rugaber Ap Economics Writer

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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 rate falls to 9.4 percent, hiring up

WASHINGTON — The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. That was because more people found jobs, but also because some people gave up on their job searches. The Labor... Full story


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... Full story


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