Paul Wiseman

Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Rise to 885,000 Amid Resurgence of Virus

Help Wanted sign at Designer Eyes store A Help Wanted sign is posted at a Designer Eyes store at Brickell City Centre in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/Associated Press)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 17, 2020
Government, Business

US Trade Deficit Rises 1.7% to $63.1 Billion in October

Port of Tacoma Containerships at the Port of Tacoma in Washington. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

The U.S. trade deficit widened 1.7% in October to $63.1 billion. The politically sensitive gap in the trade of goods with China and Mexico grew.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 4, 2020
Government, Business

751,000 Seek US Jobless Benefits as Virus Weighs on Economy

A customer carriers their order past a "now hiring" sign at an eatery in Richardson, Texas, on Sept. 2. LM Otero/Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the face of the accelerating pandemic.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
November 5, 2020
Business, Equipment, Logistics

US Industrial Production Up 3%; Factory Output Rises 3.4%

Ford workers assemble ventilators in Michigan. Ford workers assemble ventilators at the Ford Rawsonville plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., on May 13. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

American industry continued to regain ground lost in the coronavirus recession last month, but production remains well below where it was before the pandemic struck.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
August 14, 2020
Business, Equipment

Survey: US Factories Sink in May for Third Straight Month

A Ford employee, left, has his temperature checked as he enters a Ford plant in Michigan on May 13. A Ford employee, left, has his temperature checked as he enters a Ford plant in Michigan on May 13. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

American factories contracted for the third straight month in May as they continued to sustain economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
June 1, 2020
Government, Business

US, Global Manufacturing Contracted in March

Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory on March 30. Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory, recently converted to produce N95 masks, on March 30. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

US Trade Deficit Narrows to $45.3 Billion in January

Trader Specialist Anthony Rinaldi prepares for the day's trading at the New York Stock Exchange on March 5, 2020. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in January as exports fell but imports fell more. The politically sensitive trade gap with China widened.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 6, 2020
Government, Business

Factories Expand Despite Virus, Though Deliveries Slow

An Apple manufacturing plant in Texas Workers at an Apple manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — American factories expanded in February for the second straight month, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 2, 2020
Government, Business

US Trade Deficit Drops for First Time in Six Years

Cargo cranes remove containers from a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. boat at the Port of Tacoma in November 2019. Cranes remove containers from a cargo ship at the Port of Tacoma in November 2019. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

The U.S. trade deficit fell 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion as President Donald Trump hammered China with import taxes.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 5, 2020
Government, Business

Survey: US Factories Expand for First Time Since July

A container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va., in May 2019. A container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va., in May 2019. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 3, 2020

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