Employment figures

FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington. On Thursday, April 18, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 18, 2019 - 9:14 am
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000, lowest since September 1969. The four-week average, which is less volatile, dropped by 6,000 to 201,250...
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FILE - This Dec. 24, 2018, file photo shows U.S. Capitol dome in Washington. The number of people applying for unemployment aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly five decades, solid evidence that the job market is healthy and layoffs scarce. The Labor Department said on Thursday, April 11, 2019, that weekly applications for jobless benefits dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 196,000. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
April 11, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fewest people in nearly 50 years sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of a strong job market and an unusually low level of layoffs. Yet the sinking pace of layoffs isn't due solely to a tight employment picture. Many states have imposed stricter rules on their...
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President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a press conference following the Governing Council meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
April 10, 2019 - 10:37 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank warned that global trade conflicts such as U.S. threats to impose more tariffs are holding back the economy and underlined the bank's readiness to deploy more stimulus if needed. Mario Draghi said Wednesday that an improving jobs...
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April 10, 2019 - 9:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices climbed 0.4% in March, an increase caused mostly by higher costs for gasoline, electricity and shelter. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the consumer price index rose a healthy 1.9% last month from a year ago, a sharp jump from the annual pace of 1.5%...
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FILE- In this March 7, 2019, file photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Tuesday, April 10, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for February. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
April 09, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell sharply in February after nearly reaching a record level the previous month, a sign that businesses may pull back a bit on hiring. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings dropped 7.1% to 7.1 million, the lowest level in...
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Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, April 8, 2019. Shares are mixed in Asia, after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 08, 2019 - 3:55 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in early trading in Europe on Monday following a mixed day in Asia after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2% to 7,432.38, while the DAX in Germany declined 0.3% to 11,976.40. The...
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Chinese investors check stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, April 8, 2019. Shares are mixed in Asia, after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 08, 2019 - 12:34 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress and the U.S. government reported a strong rebound in hiring in March. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.2% to 21,762.19 and the...
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FILE- In this March 7, 2019, file photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Friday, April 5, the U.S. government issues the March jobs report. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
April 05, 2019 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A month ago, many economists fretted that the 10-year U.S. expansion looked wobbly. But after the government reported Friday that hiring rebounded in March, the economy suddenly looks sturdy again. Growth has weakened since last year to something closer to the modest pace that has...
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FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo trader John Panin works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 5. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 05, 2019 - 1:58 pm
Stocks moved broadly higher Friday afternoon on Wall Street after a better-than-expected report on U.S. jobs eased worries that the economy is slowing too sharply. Health care, energy and technology stocks accounted for much of the rally, which placed the benchmark S&P 500 index on track for...
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April 05, 2019 - 9:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Friday's jobs report (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Economists say solid hiring and modest wage gains in Friday's jobs report for March probably aren't enough to change the Federal Reserve's current plans to hold off on additional interest rate hikes. Fed officials as...
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