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Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.

September 18, 2014 7:49 am

Indiana gets $1.5 million for unemployment aid

INDIANAPOLIS | The U.S. Department of Labor is giving the state of Indiana $1.5 million as part of an effort to improve unemployment insurance programs around the nation.

September 16, 2014 7:04 am

Applications for US unemployment rise to 315K

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.

September 11, 2014 7:56 am

US employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 142,000 jobs in August, snapping a six-month streak of hiring above 200,000 and posting the smallest gain in eight months.

September 05, 2014 8:01 am

Applications for US jobless aid at still-low 302K

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the total number of people receiving aid remained at its lowest level in more than seven years.

September 04, 2014 8:01 am

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.

August 28, 2014 7:55 am

Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

Whistling in the dark

August 16, 2014 12:00 am

US economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment 7.6 pct.

WASHINGTON | U.S. employers are sending a message of confidence in the economy — hiring more workers, raising pay and making the job market appear strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases as early as September.

July 05, 2013 3:45 pm
NHL lockout forces canceled games through Oct. 24

NHL lockout forces canceled games through Oct. 24

The NHL said Thursday that it has canceled the hockey season through Oct. 24, a total of 82 games, because of the ongoing lockout.

October 04, 2012 4:50 pm
NHL lockout forces canceled games through Oct. 24

NHL lockout forces canceled games through Oct. 24

NEW YORK | What seemed inevitable for the NHL has now become reality. The league canceled the first two weeks of the regular season on Thursday, the second time games have been lost because of a lockout in seven years.

October 04, 2012 4:50 pm

Text of the Federal Reserve's statement Thursday

WASHINGTON | Below is the statement the Fed released Thursday after its policy meeting:

September 13, 2012 11:37 am
Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska to win the women's final match Saturday at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England.

July 07, 2012 5:07 pm
Obama ad features steelworkers to undercut Romney's record on jobs

Obama ad features steelworkers to undercut Romney's record on jobs

WASHINGTON | President Barack Obama is casting Mitt Romney as a greedy, job-killing corporate titan with little concern for the working class in a new, multi-pronged effort that seeks to undermine the central rationale for his Republican rival's candidacy: his business credentials.

May 14, 2012 10:40 am Video


Strong 3 months of hiring as U.S. adds 227,000 jobs

It's the latest display of the breadth and strength of the economic recovery. The country has put together the most impressive three months of job growth since before the Great Recession.

March 09, 2012 11:45 pm

Obama call for manufacturing revival a tough goal

President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it.

February 11, 2012 2:20 pm

Economy grew modest 2.8 pct. in Q4, best in 2011

Americans spent more on cars and trucks, and companies restocked their shelves at the strongest pace in nearly two years, helping the U.S. economy reach its fastest growth rate of last year.

January 27, 2012 9:20 am

'Phantom' show in Vegas to close after 6 years

The Phantom of Las Vegas is singing his final opera.

January 15, 2012 12:00 am

US job market ends year in better shape

The long-suffering job market is ending the year better off than it began. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week has dropped by 10 percent since January.

December 29, 2011 9:30 am
From vets to moms, Iraq war leaves mark on Indiana town

From vets to moms, Iraq war leaves mark on Indiana town

KOKOMO | In a quiet park on the eastern edge of this auto manufacturing town, a gleaming ring of black granite walls and monuments stands in solemn tribute to the war dead. Hundreds of names are etched in stone, many of them long forgotten to history.

December 23, 2011 12:00 pm Photos


Claims lowest since April '08 as job market improves

In the latest sign that the economy is surging at year's end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession.

December 23, 2011 9:20 am
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