Josh Boak

Government, Business

Biden to Launch Task Force on Bottlenecks in Supply Chains

forklift in warehouse A warehouse worker with a forklift. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has completed a 100-day review of supply chains and will form a task force to address the bottlenecks in the semiconductor, construction, transportation and agriculture sectors.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
June 8, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Biden Warns Against Gas Price Gouging After Cyberattack

President Joe Biden delivers remarks about the Colonial Pipeline hack from the White House on May 13. (AP) President Joe Biden delivers remarks about the Colonial Pipeline hack from the White House on May 13. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden warned gasoline stations not to engage in any price gouging as motorists wait for fuel to start flowing reliably through the Colonial Pipeline, which reopened on May 12 after falling victim to a cyberattack.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
May 13, 2021
Government, Business

White House Grades States’ Infrastructure as It Pushes Bill

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden wants Congress to know he’s sincere about cutting a deal on infrastructure, but the White House is also highlighting needed repairs and upgrades state-by-state that cost far more than what Republicans are willing to spend.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
April 12, 2021
Government, Business

CBO Projects 4.6% Growth, Jobs Lag in 2021

An empty storefront along East Carson Street in the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press) An empty storefront along East Carson Street in the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

The U.S. economy is projected to grow at a robust 4.6% annual rate this year, but employment isn’t expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, the Congressional Budget Office said Feb. 1.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
February 1, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

US Sales of Existing Homes Jump 20% After 3-Month Slump

A "For Sale" sign stands in front of a home in Monroe, Wash., on April 1. A "For Sale" sign stands in front of a home in Monroe, Wash., on April 1. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Americans stepped up their home purchases in June by a robust 20.7% after the pandemic had caused sales to crater in the prior three months. But the housing market could struggle to rebound further in the face of the resurgent viral outbreak and a shrinking supply of homes for sale.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
July 22, 2020
Government, Business

Survey: 2.76 Million Layoffs in May, Far Fewer Than Expected

A man looks at signs of a closed store due to COVID-19 in Niles, Ill., on May 21. A man looks at signs of a closed store due to COVID-19 in Niles, Ill., on May 21. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

U.S. businesses shed 2.8 million jobs in May, significantly less than the 9.3 million job losses that were expected.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
June 3, 2020
Government, Business

New-Home Sales Climbed 7.9% in January

house under construction Charles Krupa/AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

US Adds 145,000 Jobs; Unemployment Holds at 3.5%

Job seekers at a career fair Lynne Sladky/AP

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers downshifted their hiring in December, adding 145,000 jobs as consumer spending appeared to aid gains in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
January 10, 2020
Government, Business

Survey: US Companies Added 202,000 Jobs in December

Job seekers at a career fair Lynne Sladky/AP

BALTIMORE — U.S. companies added 202,000 jobs in December, led by robust hiring in construction, trade, transportation and utilities, according to a private survey.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
January 8, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Manufacturing Activity Falls to Lowest Level in Decade

GE Manufacturing Solutions in Fort Worth Diesel locomotives stand on the final assembly line at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing activity fell to the lowest level in more than a decade, as the sector was hurt by weakening demand and last year’s global economic slowdown.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
January 3, 2020

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