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Recessions And Depressions

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

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
US consumer credit increases at slower pace June

US consumer credit increases at slower pace June

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, credit card decals adorn a store window in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The Federal Reserve reports on consumer borrowing data for June 2014 on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

August 07, 2014 2:25 pm
In pursuit of finer things, men finding fashion

In pursuit of finer things, men finding fashion

Don't be fooled by the old "my girlfriend bought me this" line.

May 12, 2012 2:00 pm
Home in a home as families live together longer

Home in a home as families live together longer

It's a home within a home — and it could be coming soon to a home near you.

April 22, 2012 12:00 am

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

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

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

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

Economic recovery slow for US nonprofits

As the first signs of an economic recovery make the news, many of the nation's nonprofit organizations are digging in for another three to four years of financial distress, according to researchers who keep an eye on the charitable world.

December 18, 2011 12:00 am

After Euro deal, investors brace for big moves

Europe's fiscal pact may save the euro from collapse and stave off worldwide financial panic. But the concerns of many investors are more personal: Will it lift my flagging 401(k)?

December 11, 2011 12:00 am

Economists see modest growth next year

The U.S. economy will muddle through the next year without a recession, but growth-predicted to be 2.4 percent-will be too weak to make much of a dent in the unemployment rate, forecasters believe.

November 19, 2011 11:05 pm
New-home sales tick up as builders slash prices

New-home sales tick up as builders slash prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes rose in September after four straight monthly declines, largely because builders cut their prices in the face of depressed demand.

October 30, 2011 12:00 am

A year-end stock comeback? It's happened before

2011 was shaping up to be a washout for the stock market just two weeks ago. Now, it's within shouting distance of its biggest comeback in nearly three decades.

October 15, 2011 4:00 pm

How bad can it get if the US falls into recession?

Are investors overreacting to the prospect of a recession? The slightly better jobs report on Friday notwithstanding, the odds of a recession appear to be climbing, and that's bringing back scary memories.

October 09, 2011 11:40 am

Excerpts from recent Indiana editorials

Police search ruling better, not best

October 01, 2011 12:00 am
Dismal report shows no net job increase in August

Dismal report shows no net job increase in August

Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy at risk of another recession. The government also reported that the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent. It was the weakest jobs report since September 2010.

September 02, 2011 11:00 am

Shoppers lift U.S. economy, if they keep spending

Consumers spent more on cars, furniture, electronics and other goods in July, and more in May and June than previously thought. If it keeps up, the economy might rebound after growing in the first half of 2011.

August 12, 2011 8:35 pm
The economic recovery turns 2: Feel better yet?

The economic recovery turns 2: Feel better yet?

This is one anniversary few feel like celebrating. Two years after economists say the Great Recession ended, the recovery has been the weakest and most lopsided of any since the 1930s.

July 01, 2011 1:30 pm
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