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US job openings reach 5-year high, a hopeful sign

  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign […]

12/10/2013

Hollywood Bowl

Arts, culture add $500B to nation’s GDP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts […]

12/05/2013

In this July 16, 2013, file photo, a covered vehicle sits in part of the new paint shop at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US economy grows at 3.6 percent rate in 3rd qtr.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a […]

12/05/2013

New York-based Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman holds a smart piggy bank his company markets at company headquarters, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

LONDON (AP) — Volkswagen turns off some employees’ email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from […]

12/03/2013

Trader Robert McQuade works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dow average closes above 16,000 for first time ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is closing above 16,000 for the first time as encouraging news on the job market pushes stocks higher. Applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to […]

11/21/2013

Specialist Fabian Caceres works  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks fall as government shutdown drags on

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its lowest close in a month Monday as few signs emerged of a deal to end the U.S. government shutdown and raise […]

10/07/2013

Members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

US Treasury warns of harm from debt default

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department warned Thursday that the economy could plunge into a downturn worse than the Great Recession if Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit and the country defaults […]

10/03/2013

Americorps volunteer John Harris III, who is helping to coordinate a jobs fair program, works on some documents for job seekers in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Signs emerge that US job market may be picking up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market is sending signs that it may be strengthening. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits has sunk to its lowest point in six years because few companies are laying […]

09/26/2013

AP chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969.

House to vote on cutting back on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to line up support in advance of a late-afternoon vote on legislation that would cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, now used […]

09/19/2013

US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warns Congress to avoid the 'fiscal cliff.'

Here’s what to watch for Wednesday from the Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s one thing global investors are hoping for when the Federal Reserve ends a policy meeting Wednesday, it’s this: No surprises. Pretty much everyone expects the Fed to take its first […]

09/17/2013

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Aug. US jobs data could drive Fed bond-buying move

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signs of improvement in the U.S. economy emerged this week, and the jobs report the government will issue Friday will show whether that strength is fueling consistent hiring gains. The August employment […]

09/05/2013

A Wall Street sign is seen at an entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,)

Obama urges renewed push for Wall Street overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Passage of a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulations in 2010 was a hallmark of President Barack Obama’s first term. Three years later, amid delays and compromises that critics say have diluted […]

08/20/2013

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