Government shutdown

This Oct. 3, 2013 file photo shows a sign at the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., indicates the park is closed. The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown. Governors in at least four states have asked for authority to reopen national parks within their borders because of the economic impacts caused by the park closures.   (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff, File)

Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor […]

03/03/2014

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Gauge of economy’s health up 0.8 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of the U.S. economy’s health posted a solid gain in November, suggesting momentum was building at the end of the year. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of […]

12/19/2013

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Shutdown delays tax filing season by 10 days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers eager to get refunds will have to wait an extra 10 days to file their federal tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday the government shutdown has forced it to […]

12/18/2013

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Spending cuts, shutdown lower US budget deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation’s finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to […]

11/13/2013

In this Oct. 30, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law. The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year’s elections. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Health law’s troubles give GOP a much-needed boost

WASHINGTON (AP) — The health care law’s seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost by helping them move past the government shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for the 2014 elections. […]

11/10/2013

Job applicants arrive for an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins, at Marlins Park in Miami. ( AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many analysts had assumed. Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they […]

11/08/2013

In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, photo, WorkForce One staffer Rose Capote-Marcus works with a client, Pen Osuji as he works on job applications at an unemployment office in the Hollywood, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Fewer Americans seek unemployment aid for 3rd week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very few workers. The Labor Department said Thursday […]

10/31/2013

ADP: US companies add just 130K jobs in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses added just 130,000 jobs in October, as the 16-day government shutdown slowed an already-weak job market. Payroll processor ADP also says companies created just 145,000 jobs […]

10/30/2013

Registered nurse Salanda Bowman, left, talks with part-time Kentucky Wesleyan College student Jason Ward, of Whitesville, about job openings at the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital during a Regional Career and Job Fair in the Owensboro Sports Center  in Owensboro, Ky. (AP Photo/The Messenger-Inquirer, Gary Emord-Netzley, File)

US hiring slows in September to just 148,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting that employers held back on hiring before a 16-day partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. Still, hiring last month was enough to […]

10/22/2013

Demonstrators display placards and chant during a rally to end the government shutdown, Thursday, Oct. 10,2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/ Luis M. Alvarez)

Furloughed? Send creditors a note from gov’t

WASHINGTON (AP) — Furloughed federal workers who have trouble paying bills can send their creditors a letter from the government pleading for patience. Some agencies are offering employees a cover letter that explains to creditors […]

10/16/2013

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