Christopher Rugaber

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
Government, Business

US Layoffs Remain Elevated as 837,000 Seek Jobless Aid

A closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif., on July 18. A closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif., on July 18. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery that began this summer.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
October 1, 2020
Government, Business

US Adds 1.8 Million Jobs in Sign That Hiring Has Weakened

A sign advertises hiring of temporary associates at a Pier 1 store in Florida. A sign advertises hiring of temporary associates at a Pier 1 store in Florida on Aug. 6. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
August 7, 2020

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