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Apr 6, 2014

U.S. regains private jobs lost in recession, but so what?

The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

Mar 24, 2014

Howard Bank growing out of the recession

At the end of 2013, some community banks in Maryland were cautiously stepping out of the shadows of the Great Recession. Others were still suffering its effects. Howard Bank was making moves to expand.

Dec 3, 2013

RV industry is hitched up and rolling again

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — RV manufacturers expect to pass another milestone in their steady recovery from the recession that landed the industry in a deep ditch. Led by sales growth for towable RVs and pricier stand-alone motor homes, recreational vehicle makers expect to ship more than 300,000 units to dealers’ lots this year for the first […]

Sep 22, 2013

Moody’s: Established gambling markets faltering

LAS VEGAS — Established gambling towns like Las Vegas and Atlantic City are hurting as more states start welcoming bettors’ dollars, Moody’s Investors Service warned last week. The credit rating agency issued a report describing a shift in casino tax revenues away from New Jersey, Indiana and Nevada to new markets in places like Pennsylvania, […]

Sep 12, 2013

Survey of businesses shows expectations of growth

M&T Bank's semi-annual survey shows optimism among mid-size businesses and commercial real estate firms.

Sep 10, 2013

Employers posted fewer jobs, but hired more in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market. Job openings fell 180,000 in July to 3.7 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s down from 3.9 million the previous month, which was revised lower. Overall hiring increased to […]

Sep 9, 2013

Economists keep rosy view for 3 pct growth in 2014

Business forecasters maintained their rosy view of the U.S. economy in 2014, predicting 3 percent growth by the second quarter of next year, low inflation and improving employment. The top economists surveyed by the National Association of Business Economics between Aug. 8 and Aug. 20 also said there’s an 80 percent likelihood that the pickup […]

Aug 30, 2013

U.S. consumer sentiment falls from 6-year high

WASHINGTON — A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month from a six-year high in July, as Americans expressed less optimism about the coming months. The University of Michigan says that its final reading of consumer sentiment dropped to 82.1 in August from 85.1 in the previous month. Americans said they were less confident […]

Aug 30, 2013

Consumer spending up weak 0.1 percent in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers barely increased their spending in July as their income grew more slowly, held back in part by steep government spending cuts that reduced federal workers’ salaries. The tepid gains suggest economic growth is off to a weak start in the July-September quarter. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose […]

Aug 29, 2013

Economy grew at 2.5 percent rate in spring

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated. The steep revision was largely because U.S. companies exported more goods and imports declined. The Commerce Department said second-quarter growth was sharply higher than the initial 1.7 percent rate it reported last month. And […]

Aug 22, 2013

Unemployment aid applications rise to 336,000

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week after reaching the lowest level in 5 ½ years. But the broader trend suggests companies are laying off fewer workers and could step up hiring in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for first-time benefits rose 13,000 to […]

Aug 18, 2013

Economist bullish on Maryland industries

Construction jobs are expected to drive growth in Maryland employment over the next few years, a Towson University economist said, helping an industry that he said was “devastated” by the national economic recession.

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