Christopher Rugaber

Government, Business

US Employers Add 916,000 Jobs in March as Hiring Accelerates

U.S. companies added more than 900,000 jobs in March U.S. companies added more than 900,000 jobs in March — roughly double the February figure. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
April 2, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall to 684,000, Fewest Since Pandemic

Hiring sign Elise Amendola/AP

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,000, the fewest since the pandemic erupted a year ago and a sign that the economy is improving.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
March 25, 2021
Government, Business

US Adds a Strong 379,000 Jobs in Hopeful Sign for Economy

Hiring sign at Target Steven Senne/AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 379,000 jobs last month, the most since October and a sign that the economy is strengthening as confirmed viral cases drop, consumers spend more and states and cities ease business restrictions.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
March 5, 2021
Government, Business

Fed’s Powell: Economic Recovery Is Uneven, Incomplete

Jerome Powell Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference in Washington in 2020. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell underscored the U.S. economy’s ongoing weakness Feb. 23 in remarks that suggested that the Fed sees no need to alter its ultra-low interest rate policies anytime soon.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 23, 2021
Government, Business

Employers Add Just 49,000 Jobs as Unemployment Falls to 6.3%

Construction workers Construction workers talk at a site in Simi Valley, Calif., this month. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 49,000 jobs in January, a sign that the viral pandemic retains a tight grip on the economy nearly a year after it triggered a painful recession.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

US Unemployment Claims Fall to 779,000; Job Cuts Grind On

A worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip in March 2020. (John Locher/Associated Press) A worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip in March 2020. (John Locher/Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined to 779,000 in the week ended Jan. 30, a still historically high total that shows that a sizable number of people keep losing jobs to the pandemic.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 4, 2021
Government, Business

Fed to Weigh Further Options for Aiding US Economy

Jerome Powell Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Dec. 2. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s policymakers face an unusual conundrum as they meet this week: a short-term economic outlook that is worsening even while the longer-term picture is brightening thanks to the emergence of coronavirus vaccines

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
December 14, 2020
Government, Business

Number Seeking US Jobless Aid Drops to Lowest Since March

A sign is seen outside an employment center in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Nov. 5. A sign is seen outside an employment center in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Nov. 5. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
November 12, 2020
Government, Business

Layoffs Remain Elevated as 898,000 Seek Jobless Aid

Economy Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose the week of Oct. 5 to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 15, 2020
Government, Business

US Layoffs Remain Elevated as 840,000 Seek Jobless Aid

Information signs are displayed at a closed Illinois work center on June 11. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to a still-high 840,000, evidence that job cuts remain elevated seven months into the pandemic recession.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 8, 2020

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