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Tag Archives: Unemployment

Job openings rise sharply to most in 2 years

WASHINGTON — Employers posted a sharp increase in job openings in October, raising hopes that hiring could pick up in the coming months. The Labor Department says businesses and government advertised nearly 3.4 million jobs at the end of October, ...

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Report: Maryland job creation strategy inadequate

To spur job creation and economic development, Maryland must streamline regulatory policies, lower taxes and develop stronger partnerships between government and businesses, said a new report released by the Greater Baltimore Committee Monday. The current strategy for job creation and ...

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Cut-off of jobless aid would lower economic growth

WASHINGTON — If Congress lets unemployment benefits expire this week for the long-term unemployed, they won’t be the only ones to feel the pain. The overall economy would suffer, too. Unemployment benefits help drive the economy because the jobless tend ...

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Optimism for 2011 pushes consumer confidence higher

NEW YORK — Americans’ confidence in the economy rose to a five-month high in November, showing increased optimism for the first half of next year. The report offered some comfort to the nation’s retailers during the holiday shopping season, but ...

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Consumers spend and earn more, layoffs slow

WASHINGTON — Americans earned more and spent more last month, and the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than two years. At the same time, demand for long-lasting manufactured goods ...

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1,000 workers hired under tax credit plan but questions raised

Lloyd Coates has made steel, guns, airplane wings, parts for landing gear and Styrofoam cups. But he spent most of the last two years out of work, handing out resumes and juggling bills to make ends meet. Of the more ...

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