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Service firms grows at fastest pace in a year

WASHINGTON — U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in a year, buoyed by higher sales and more new orders. The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 56 in February from ...

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Weekly unemployment aid claims drop to 344K

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell 22,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, evidence that the job market may be picking up. The four-week average of applications dropped 6,750 to 355,000, the Labor Department said ...

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Unemployment aid applications fall to 341,000

WASHINGTON — The outlook for the U.S. job market is brightening after a government report showed a sharp drop in the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits. Weekly applications fell 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department ...

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Officials reject conspiracies on unemployment rate

WASHINGTON — When conspiracists suggested Friday that the Obama administration had engineered a sharp drop in unemployment to aid President Barack Obama’s re-election, the response was swift. Career government officials, economists and even some Mitt Romney supporters issued a collective ...

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Unemployment aid applications rise to 367K

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring. Weekly applications increased last week by 4,000 from the previous week’s level of 363,000, the Labor Department said ...

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Survey: Businesses added 162K jobs in September

WASHINGTON — A private survey shows that U.S. businesses added fewer workers in September than August, a sign that slow growth may be holding back hiring. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 162,000 jobs last month. That’s below ...

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