Christopher Rugaber

Business

Employers Add 467,000 Jobs in January

Discussion at a jobs fair Marriott human resources recruiter Mariela Cuevas (left) talks to Lisbet Oliveros during a job fair at Hard Rock Stadium last September in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a burst of 467,000 jobs in January despite a wave of omicron infections that sickened millions of workers, kept many consumers at home and left businesses from restaurants to manufacturers short-staffed.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 4, 2022
Government, Business

Fed to Accelerate Withdrawal of Economic Aid as Prices Surge

Jerome Powell U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — Under Chair Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve is poised this week to execute a sharp turn toward tighter interest rate policies with inflation accelerating and unemployment falling faster than expected.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
December 14, 2021
Government, Business

Businesses Advertise Near-Record 11 Million Open Jobs

Businesses Advertise Near-Record 11 Million Open Jobs A sign posted for a company hiring. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

U.S. employers posted 11 million open jobs in October, nearly matching a record high reached in July and a sign that companies were confident enough in the economy to expand.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
December 8, 2021
Government, Business

Employers Added a Sluggish 210,000 Jobs in November

Folsom Vice Mayor Sarah Aquino wrings out a rag before cleaning a table at Back Bistro in Folsom, Calif. Folsom Vice Mayor Sarah Aquino wrings out a rag before cleaning a table at Back Bistro in Folsom, Calif. Aquino took a part-time job at one of her favorite local restaurants because they were struggling to hire people. (Adam Beam/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — America’s employers slowed the pace of their hiring in November, adding 210,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
December 3, 2021
Government, Business

Hiring Rebounded in October, With 531,000 Jobs Added

hiring sign Charles Krupa/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — America’s employers stepped up their hiring in October, adding a solid 531,000 jobs, the most since July and a sign that the recovery from the pandemic recession may be overcoming a virus-induced slowdown.

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

Wages Jump by the Most on Records Dating Back 20 Years

hiring sign Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries jumped in the three months ending in September by the most on records that date back 20 years as companies are forced to offer higher pay to fill a near-record number of available jobs.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 29, 2021
Government, Business

Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since Pandemic

hiring sign David Zalubowski/AP

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 14, 2021
Government, Business

Employers Add a Weak 194,000 Jobs as Delta Maintains Hold

train building in Sacramento An employee works on an express inter-city train being built in Sacramento. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, a second straight tepid gain and evidence that the pandemic still has a grip on the economy with many companies struggling to fill millions of open jobs.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 8, 2021
Government, Business

Yellen Warns Delay in Raising Debt Limit Will Slow Economy

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (left) and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (left) and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appear before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Sept. 28. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sounded an urgent call Sept. 28 for Congress to raise the government’s borrowing limit, a day after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of a bill that would have done so.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
September 28, 2021
Government, Business

Fed Likely to Signal a Coming Pullback in Economic Support

Jerome Powell Jerome Powell by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is expected this week to send its clearest signal yet that it will start reining in its ultra-low-interest rate policies later this year, a first step toward unwinding the extraordinary support it has given the economy since the pandemic struck 18 months ago.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
September 20, 2021

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