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Hiring outlook improves as jobless claims drop

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August. The data sketched a brighter outlook for the job market one day before the government reports on August employment. ...

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Economy adds 163K jobs, unemployment rate rises to 8.3 pct.

WASHINGTON — The addition of 163,000 jobs in July follows three months of sluggish hiring and shows that the U.S. economy is likely resilient enough to keep growing at a modest pace. Employers have added an average of 151,000 jobs ...

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Pepco defends response to massive power outages

Pepco is defending its response to the deadly outbreak of thunderstorms last month that left hundreds of thousands of Baltimore-Washington area customers without electricity for several sweltering days. The Washington Post reports that the utility said in a report that ...

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Jobless aid applications fall to 6-week low

WASHINGTON — Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed hiring picked up in June. The reports offered some hope for the job market after three sluggish months of hiring. Weekly unemployment benefit applications ...

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Wholesale stockpiles grew 0.6 percent in April

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles at a faster rate in April, responding to a strong gain in sales. The increase could be a good sign for economic growth in the April-June quarter. The Commerce Department says stockpiles ...

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Factory orders fell in March by most in 3 years

WASHINGTON — Demand for U.S. factory goods dropped in March by the most in three years, driven lower by a sharp fall in volatile orders for commercial aircraft. Still, more recent data suggest the decline may be temporary. The Commerce ...

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Private survey shows U.S. hiring slowed last month

WASHINGTON — A private survey shows U.S. businesses sharply reduced hiring in April, a cautionary sign two days before the government reports on monthly job growth. Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday that businesses added just 119,000 jobs last month, far ...

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