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Claims for unemployment aid dip but remain high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped slightly last week, though not by enough to suggest that hiring is picking up. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits declined 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 402,000, the Labor Department said ...

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Unemployment rates fall in half of U.S. states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in half of U.S. states last month, a sign that September’s pickup in hiring was felt around the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 25 states, rose in 14 and ...

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Consumers paid more for food, gas in September

WASHINGTON — Consumers paid more for food and gas last month, although inflation outside those volatile categories was tame. The Labor Department says the Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent in September, below a 0.4 percent rise in August. Excluding ...

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In ominous sign, service sector workforces get smaller

WASHINGTON — Two days before the government’s much-anticipated jobs report, a snapshot of employment trends in the service sector flashed an ominous sign. Hotels, restaurants, banks and other service companies, which employ 90 percent of Americans, reduced the size of ...

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More people applied for unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, evidence that the job market isn’t improving. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report ...

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Businesses post most job openings in 3 years

WASHINGTON — Companies advertised the most job openings in three years, a hopeful sign after the worst month for hiring in nearly a year. The Labor Department said Wednesday that employers posted 3.2 million jobs in July, up from 3.17 ...

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U.S. workers were less productive in the spring

WASHINGTON — U.S. workers were less productive in the spring for the second quarter in a row, a trend that may not bode well for future hiring. Productivity dropped 0.3 percent in the April-June quarter, following a decline of 0.6 ...

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