Great Recession

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US consumers keep spending despite higher taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — This year got off to a sour start for U.S. workers: Their pay, already gasping to keep pace with inflation, was suddenly shrunk by a Social Security tax increase. Which raised a worrisome question: Would consumers stop spending?

04/29/2013

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After near-stall in late 2012, US economy picks up

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly stalling in late 2012, the American economy quickened its pace early this year despite deep government cutbacks. The strongest consumer spending in two years fueled a 2.5 percent annual growth rate in the January-March quarter.

04/26/2013

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Survey: Americans felt more secure in jobs in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – A long-standing public opinion poll finds that confidence about job security and availability grew in the U.S. last year. The 2012 General Social Survey finds that confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession.

04/25/2013

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Stocks tied to the consumer are hot. Maybe too hot

NEW YORK (AP) — The great engine of global growth, the American consumer, is starting to sputter. Retail sales are falling, consumer confidence is sagging and financial analysts are cutting profit forecasts for clothing chains, department stores and restaurants.

04/20/2013

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US companies are posting more jobs but filling few

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have more job openings than at any other time in nearly five years. That’s in part because they seem in no hurry to fill them.

04/09/2013

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Where US economy has, and hasn’t, yet recovered

WASHINGTON (AP) — From household wealth to spending at stores, many of the U.S. economy’s vital signs have recovered from the damage done by the Great Recession.

04/04/2013

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US housing starts rise, permits at 4 ½-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started more houses and apartments in February and obtained permits for future construction at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years. The increases point to a housing recovery that is gaining strength.

03/19/2013

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Practically human: Can smart machines do your job?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Art Liscano knows he’s an endangered species in the job market: He’s a meter reader in Fresno, Calif. For 26 years, he’s driven from house to house, checking how much electricity Pacific Gas & Electric customers have used.

01/23/2013

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Recession and tech kill middle-class jobs

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

01/22/2013

UCLA study: Food insecurity 'skyrocketed' in Calif. during recession

(CNS) – About 3.8 million Californians could not afford to consistently feed themselves or their families during the Great Recession, according to a UCLA study released today. Low-income families, households with children and Latinos suffered […]

07/09/2012

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