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Hiring slows sharply as economy looks weaker

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy suddenly looks a lot weaker. U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs data will fan fears that the economy is ...

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Shoppers cautiously pushed up spending in May

NEW YORK — Americans are spending, but they may not be for long. Some major retailers such as Target and Macy’s on Thursday posted May sales increases that beat Wall Street estimates as shoppers were lured in by Mother’s Day ...

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Filings for unemployment aid at a 5-week high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high, evidence that the job market remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted ...

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Weekly U.S. jobless aid applications dip to 370,000

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits changed little last week, signaling modest job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for benefits dipped by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000. Applications have leveled off this ...

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Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of U.S. states

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country. In many states, unemployment has fallen well below the national average, which was ...

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Unemployment aid applications stay at 370,000

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits was unchanged last week, suggesting modest but steady gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment aid applications stayed at a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the ...

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Applications for unemployment aid dip to 367K

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week following a sharp drop the previous week. Applications are falling again after rising for most of April, suggesting hiring could pick up this month. Weekly ...

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Applications for unemployment aid drop sharply

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by the most in nearly a year. The figure was a hopeful sign that hiring could pick up in coming months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly ...

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Unemployment aid requests near 3-month high

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits remained stuck near a three-month high last week, a sign that job gains will likely remain modest. The report disappointed economists, who had forecast a decline in unemployment applications. Even ...

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