Labor economy

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, construction cranes fill a block across from an Amazon building in Seattle. Seattle is among a fistful of cities that have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007, even while most other large cities, and sizable swaths of rural America, have managed only modest recoveries. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 14, 2017 - 2:51 pm
As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over the next seven years to fill 36 buildings. Everywhere you...
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December 14, 2017 - 2:45 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a story Dec. 13 about the economic impact of Oregon's state parks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that park employees earn a combined salary of $550 million. The parks generate $550 million in salaries for those in the parks' host communities. A corrected version...
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Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, confers with an aide as tax bill conferees gather to work on the sweeping GOP plan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 1:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican tax plan seems about to hand a bow-tied holiday gift to some of America's richest multinational companies, from Apple and Microsoft to Google's parent Alphabet: Tens of billions in tax breaks on profits they've parked overseas. Republicans say they're confident the...
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December 14, 2017 - 8:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell by 11,000 last week to 225,000, the lowest in nearly two months and another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average also fell by 6,750 to 234,750...
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In this Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, photo, Beth McRae, owner of the public relations firm The McRae Agency, poses for a photo at her home in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Ten years after the Great Recession began, business for McRae's agency is still below where it was in 2007, and she has no further plans to hire. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
December 14, 2017 - 3:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — They are business survivors — owners whose small companies withstood the Great Recession that forced thousands of others out of business. Along the way, many had to lay off workers, forgo salaries or find new ways to earn money. Ten years after the official start of the downturn,...
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 13, 2017 - 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The People's Bank of China says it is responding to market forces by raising the rate charged by its one-year lending facility by 0.05 percentage points to 3.25 percent. Rates paid on bank...
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This Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo shows a a sign with gas prices at a Chevron station in Miami. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for November. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
December 13, 2017 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 percent in November. The Labor Department said Wednesday that prices at the pump increased a sharp 7.3 percent after falling in October. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core consumer inflation rose...
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President Donald Trump points to the crowd after a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 11, 2017 - 3:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days. That's what The Associated Press found when scrutinizing an assortment of statements from President Donald Trump and others last week. In...
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A man cycles past in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Share prices were higher in Asia early Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that lifted the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
December 11, 2017 - 2:12 am
TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index climbed 0.6...
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A man cycles past in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Share prices were higher in Asia early Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that lifted the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
December 10, 2017 - 11:03 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index was up 0.2...
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