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Tag Archives: Unemployment

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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Bernanke says more Fed action is possible

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke left open the possibility Wednesday of further Fed action to stimulate the economy. Speaking at a news conference, Bernanke walked a fine rhetorical line: He signaled that the Fed would act more aggressively ...

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Maryland unemployment rate rises despite job growth

With seven straight months of positive job growth, Maryland has become a destination for residents of other states with more devastating unemployment rates, the local director for a temporary employment agency says. That would help explain why the state’s unemployment ...

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Unemployment aid applications decline slightly

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits suggests hiring is slowing. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications dipped last week by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000. But that was only after the department revised ...

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Inflation mild as gas prices rise more slowly

WASHINGTON — Gas prices rose more slowly in March, keeping overall U.S. inflation mild. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s slower than February’s 0.4 percent rise. Excluding food and gas, so-called ...

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Applications for jobless aid up to 2-month high

WASHINGTON — More people sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the number of applicants to the highest level in two months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications jumped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 380,000. The previous ...

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Fed survey shows growth, hiring improves

WASHINGTON — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States suggests last month’s pullback in hiring may prove to be temporary. The survey released Wednesday showed that each of the Fed’s 12 bank districts grew steadily from ...

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