Christopher Rugaber

US economy adds 171K jobs; rate at 7.9 pct.

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September. Read more

U.S. jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low

WASHINGTON - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8. Read more

US jobs outlook improves as campaign heats up

WASHINGTON - The jobs outlook in the U.S. brightened a bit Thursday just before President Barack Obama was to make his case for re-election to the American people. Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government reported. Read more

US economy adds 163K jobs, rate rises to 8.3 pct.

WASHINGTON- U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, a hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent in June. Read more

US economy added 69K jobs in May, fewest in a year

The U.S. economy suddenly looks a lot weaker. U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up. The dismal jobs data will fan fears that the economy is sputtering. Read more


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