Late-2000s recession

Dec. 4, 2008: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on housing and housing finance, at the Federal Reserve in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Transcripts show Fed at times slow to grasp crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve agonized in 2008 over how far to go to stop a financial crisis that threatened to cause a recession and at times struggled to recognize its speed and magnitude. […]

02/21/2014

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US women regain lost jobs; men still short 2.1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. women have recovered all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. The same can’t be said for men, who remain 2.1 million jobs short. The biggest factor is that men […]

09/12/2013

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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

Stock ticker shows a new intraday high for the Dow Jones industrial average at the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo)

Dow hits record, erasing Great Recession losses

NEW YORK (AP) — Five and a half years after the start of a frightening drop that erased $11 trillion from stock portfolios and made investors despair of ever getting their money back, the Dow has regained all losses and reached a new high.

03/05/2013

Student loans

More Americans struggle to repay student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans are falling behind on student loans, threatening their ability to obtain mortgages and other credit in the future.

02/28/2013

California Governor Jerry Brown (front left), rides in a driverless car to a bill signing at Google headquarters, Mountain View, California, Sept. 2012 (AP Photo)

Will smart machines create a world without work?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cars that drive themselves have been in movies like “I, Robot” and the TV show “Knight Rider.” Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you.

01/24/2013

Honda Asimo robot (AP Photo)

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

Robot made by the Japanese Kokoro Company (AP Photo)

Imagining a future when machines have all the jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Martin Ford saw it everywhere, even in his own business. Smarter machines and better software were helping companies do more work with fewer people.

01/23/2013

Consumer borrowing

US consumer borrowing rises to record $2.75T

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.

12/08/2012

American economy tepid

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest snapshot of economic growth shows the U.S. recovery remains tepid. Growth in the July-September quarter climbed slightly but was still too weak to stir significantly more hiring. The pace […]

10/26/2012

US consumer confidence at highest level in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) – A survey shows consumer confidence rose this month to the highest level in five years, an encouraging sign for the still-weak economy The University of Michigan’s final index of October consumer sentiment […]

10/26/2012