Employment figures

December 21, 2018 - 10:23 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's unemployment rate was steady in November. The Department of Employment and Workforce said in a news release Friday that the jobless rate in South Carolina was unchanged at 3.3 percent. The national jobless rate was 3.7 percent in November. The department said...
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President Donald Trump listens to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue during a signing ceremony for H.R. 2, the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 20, 2018 - 5:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year's farm bill didn't: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday proposed a rule that would restrict the ability of states to...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, a job applicant talks with company representatives at a JobNewsUSA job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Jobs report on Friday, Dec. 7, for November is expected to point to a solid economy for most Americans, with steady hiring, a low unemployment rate and faster wage gains. If so, it would provide a dose of welcome news after this week’s frantic financial market gyrations, which have been driven by concerns that the U.S.-China trade war could escalate and weaken a U.S. economy already facing higher interest rates and slowing global growth. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
December 07, 2018 - 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added a smaller but still-healthy number of jobs last month, while the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low and wages rose at a solid clip. The figures, released Friday by the Labor Department, point to an economy that is still adding jobs at a steady...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, a job applicant talks with company representatives at a JobNewsUSA job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Jobs report on Friday, Dec. 7, for November is expected to point to a solid economy for most Americans, with steady hiring, a low unemployment rate and faster wage gains. If so, it would provide a dose of welcome news after this week’s frantic financial market gyrations, which have been driven by concerns that the U.S.-China trade war could escalate and weaken a U.S. economy already facing higher interest rates and slowing global growth. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
December 07, 2018 - 7:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Friday's jobs report for November is expected to point to a solid economy for most Americans, with steady hiring, a low unemployment rate and faster wage gains. If so, it would provide a dose of welcome news after this week's frantic financial market gyrations, which have been...
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FILE- In this June 21, 2018 file photo, job applicants talks with representatives from Aldi at a job fair hosted by Job News South Florida, in Sunrise, Fla. On Thursday, Dec. 6, payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in November. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey. The report comes as other data also suggest the U.S. economy remains healthy, even as the financial markets have gyrated over concerns about a trade conflict with...
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FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo Shauna Turlipof, left, and Kathi Bankes make their way through other Black Friday shoppers at the Viewmont Mall in Scranton, Pa. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Conference Board releases its November index on U.S. consumer confidence. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)
November 27, 2018 - 10:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month but remains strong. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 135.7 in November from October's 18-year high 137.9. The index measures consumers' assessment of current...
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November 19, 2018 - 7:39 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full...
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November 13, 2018 - 2:48 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Higher oil prices are helping to offset increases in public spending by the Middle East's oil exporting heavyweights like Saudi Arabia, with these countries narrowing their budget deficit by $77 billion, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. However,...
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FILE- In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, left, and Randal Quarles, vice chair for supervision, gather their things at the end of a Federal Reserve Board meeting at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
November 08, 2018 - 3:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has left its key policy rate unchanged but signaled that it plans to keep responding to the strong U.S. economy with more interest rate hikes. The next rate increase is expected in December. The Fed kept its benchmark rate in a range of 2 percent to 2.25...
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FILE- In this July 19, 2018, file photo a roofer works on top of the church at St. Lucy Parish in Methuen, Mass. On Monday, Nov. 5, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for September. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
November 05, 2018 - 10:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services firms expanded at a slightly slower rate in October, after achieving a record pace in September in a sign of the economy's strength and endurance. The Institute for Supply Management, which is composed of purchasing managers, reported Monday that its services index...
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