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Small business optimism rose in April but is still weak

NEW YORK — Small business owners recovered some of their optimism during April, but they’re still wary about the economy. The National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday that its index of small business optimism rose 2 points last month, ...

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Federal Reserve officials worried job gains could fade

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers are worried that recent strong gains in hiring could fizzle if U.S. economic growth doesn’t pick up. Minutes of the Fed’s March 13 meeting show that members expressed those concerns before sticking with a plan ...

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Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 4 years

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, adding to evidence that the job market is strengthening. Applications for weekly unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to a seasonally ...

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U.S. job market ends year in better shape

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. The unemployment rate, 8.6 percent in November, ...

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