Paul Wiseman

Government, Business

Job Openings Surge to Record 9.3 Million in April

Hiring signs Hiring signs outside a restaurant in McCandless Township, Pa. (Ted Shaffrey/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted a record 9.3 million job openings in April with the U.S. economy reopening at breakneck speed.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
June 8, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall to 712,000 as Pace of Layoffs Eases

plane in sky U.S. airlines are adding jobs as industry employment extends a rebound from a low in October, when tens of thousands of airline workers were briefly laid off after federal payroll aid expired. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 712,000, the lowest total since early November, evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs amid a decline in confirmed coronavirus cases and signs of an improving economy.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 11, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Tick Up to 745,000 as Layoffs Remain High

Unemployment A shuttered restaurant. (Cheney Orr/Bloomberg News)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 4, 2021
Government, Business

Orders for US Durable Goods Climb 3.4% in January

Stoves sit on a display at a Home Depot location in Boston. (Steven Senne/Associated Press) Steven Senne/Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods shot up 3.4% in January, pulled up by surge in orders for civilian aircraft. A category that tracks business investment posted a more modest gain, the Commerce Department reported Feb. 25.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 25, 2021
Government, Business

Industrial Production Climbs 0.9% in January

Ford plant Ford production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. (Ford via TCA)

WASHINGTON — American industry expanded for the fourth consecutive month in January, but it has yet to return to the level of activity that preceded the pandemic.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Government, Business

Trade Deficit Rises to $679 Billion, the Highest Since 2008

Cargo ship unloads Cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Washington in 2019. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit rose 17.7% last year to $679 billion, highest since 2008, as the coronavirus disrupted global commerce and confounded President Donald Trump’s attempts to rebalance America’s trade with the rest of the world.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 5, 2021
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

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