Hiring surge lifts economy - and Trump’s reelection chances
NEW YORK (AP) — The lowest unemployment rate in a half century. More than 260,000 new jobs. And higher hourly wages.
"I'll be running on the economy," President Donald Trump declared on...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rate in February remained at 2.8 percent for the seventh month in a row, according to a state report released Friday.
Nebraska jobless rate 2.8 percent for 6th month in a row
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Labor Department says the state's unemployment rate was unchanged in January: 2.8 percent.
The department said in a news release Monday that the preliminary...
Survey: US companies add a robust 219,000 jobs in July
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 219,000 jobs in July, a private survey found, a robust total that suggests employers are still able to find the workers they need despite the low unemployment rate.
Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that hiring was led by health care providers, hotels and restaurants, and manufacturers. July's figure was up from 181,000 in June and is enough to lower the already-low jobless rate of 4 percent over time.
Survey: US businesses add a solid 178,000 jobs in May
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 178,000 jobs in May, according to a survey, a solid total but below the average monthly gains accumulated over the winter.
Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that hiring was strong in construction, education and health care, and professional and business services, which includes accounting, engineering and legal services. Retailers cut jobs.
Connecticut reports 1,400 jobs lost in April
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut labor officials say the state saw its second consecutive month of job losses in April.
The Hartford Courant reports employers shed 1,400 jobs during the month. The state Department of Labor also revised its March employment figures, from 2,000 jobs lost that month to about 3,500.
Survey: US businesses add a healthy 241,000 jobs in March
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies hired 241,000 new workers in March, a private survey found, a solid total that suggests the already-low unemployment rate may be headed lower in the coming months.
Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that the gains were strong across different industries, with construction, manufacturing and professional services such as accounting showing healthy hiring increases.
NYC’s jobless rate lowest since nation’s bicentennial
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Department of Labor says New York City's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest since the nation's bicentennial, while the statewide jobless rate is at its lowest in more than a decade.
The agency's monthly unemployment figures released Thursday showed the city's jobless rate had fallen from 4.3 percent in January to 4.2 percent in February, an all-time low based on records going back to 1976.
Odessa’s unemployment rate continues to fall as the local economy continues to grow amid increased activity in the oilfield following a two-year bust.
Recent figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics pegged the city’s unemployment rate at 3.2 percent in October. Even as cities throughout Texas saw falling unemployment, Odessa led the state with a 3 percentage point decline compared to the same month of 2016.
Applications for US jobless benefits drop again to 236,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 236,000, the lowest level in five weeks and further evidence of the strength in the labor market.
Last week's applications total was the third consecutive weekly drop, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 750 to 241,500.
The number of people receiving aid fell by 52,000 to 1.91 million, remaining near a four-decade low set last month.
Rhode Island unemployment remains steady at 4.3 percent
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's unemployment rate has kept steady at 4.3 percent.
The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the jobless rate for August was the same as in July. The state's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 4.4 percent in August, which was up one-tenth of a percentage point from July.
Rhode Island's rate was down one percentage point from a year ago.
Nevada unemployment rate in August bounces up to 4.9 percent
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State officials say growth in the workforce may be behind a slight increase in the Nevada statewide jobless rate in August, to 4.9 percent.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Wednesday the uptick of one-tenth of a percentage point since July puts the unemployment figure back to February levels.
The jobless rate bottomed out at 4.7 percent in March, April and May.
Washington state unemployment rate is steady at 4.5 percent
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's unemployment rate of 4.5 percent held steady for a third consecutive month in July, state officials said Wednesday.
According to the latest numbers released by the Employment Security Department, the state also added a net 1,600 jobs last month after the private sector lost 3,700 jobs and the public sector gained 5,300 jobs.
ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped to 4.8 percent — the lowest level since September 2007.
The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the June unemployment figure. It is the fifth month in a row that the state's jobless rate has declined.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement that Georgia's unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in almost 10 years because employers continue to create jobs.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government statistics show the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in April, the lowest level in a quarter century.
Poland, like many other former communist countries, struggled with high unemployment in the 1990s and beyond, as inefficient factories collapsed in the difficult transition from a communist to a market economy.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.1 percent in January for the third month in a row.
The Department of Workforce Services on Friday released employment figures for January. The data show about 47,800 residents were jobless that month but looking for work.
Utah's unemployment rate hasn't changed since November, but the nationwide rate increased slightly to 4.8 percent from 4.6 percent.
Europe’s recovery gains speed in turbulent year
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's economic recovery is on more solid ground ahead of what could be a turbulent political year.
Official figures showed clear signs of improvement in the 19 countries that share the euro currency. Statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that eurozone growth accelerated in the fourth quarter to 0.5 percent from 0.4 percent in the previous three-month period. As a result, the eurozone economy grew by 1.7 percent in 2016.
Metro Atlanta jobless rate rises to 5.3 percent
ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's jobless rate has risen to 5.3 percent, up from 4.5 percent in May.
The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new rate, which is from June. It's down from 6 percent a year ago.
Officials said the rate rose as the labor force increased, with students and others entering the job market looking for work.
Elsewhere in Georgia, metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rate at 4.7...
June jobs report may help clarify a muddy economic picture
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. and global economic outlook unusually cloudy, Friday's jobs report for June will produce one of the most anticipated economic figures of the year.
Was a sharp slowdown in U.S. hiring during April and May just a temporary blip? Or did it signal a broader economic slump?
How long will the Federal Reserve delay its next interest rate hike? How will the United Kingdom's unsettling vote to leave the European Union affect the U.S. and...