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UNITED STATES jobless claims dropped by 15,000 to 204,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Weekly U.S. jobless claims decline to lowest level since April

WASHINGTON – The fewest Americans in almost five months filed for unemployment benefits last week, signaling the broad labor market remains healthy despite cooling...
CORE PRODUCER prices int he U.S. increased 2.3% year over year in August. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SERGIO FLORES

U.S. core producer prices accelerate after July slowdown

WASHINGTON – A measure of underlying United States producer prices that excludes food and fuel picked up in August after posting its smallest gain...
U.S. PAYROLLS rose 130,000 in August. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LOGAN CYRUS

U.S. payrolls rise 130,000, boosted by 25,000 for census count

WASHINGTON – United States companies' hiring stumbled in August, likely cementing expectations for a second straight Federal Reserve interest-rate cut as trade uncertainty and...
U.S. EXPORTS to China declined year over year in July, dragged down by tariffs. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

U.S. trade with China fell in July despite truce in tariff...

WASHINGTON – America’s merchandise trade with China continued to sag in July despite a tariff-war truce between the world’s two largest economies that’s since...
THE INSTITUTE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT indicated that U.S. manufacturing contracted for the first time in three year in August. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JIM YOUNG

U.S. manufacturing contracts for first time in 3 years

WASHINGTON – United States factory activity unexpectedly contracted in August for the first time in three years as shrinking orders, production and hiring pushed...

U.S. consumer sentiment falls most since 2012 on tariff concern

WASHINGTON – United States consumer sentiment fell the most in six years, slumping to the lowest level of Donald Trump's presidency as Americans expressed...
THE CONFERENCE BOARD’S consumer confidence index in August eased to 135.1 this month from a revised 135.8 one month prior. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

U.S. consumer confidence fell less than forecast in August

WASHINGTON – United States consumer confidence declined in August by less than forecast as Americans’ assessment of current conditions climbed to the highest level...
U.S. FACTORY orders for business equipment increased in July for a third month while shipments of such goods plunged the most since October 2016. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. business-equipment orders gain masked by shipments slump

WASHINGTON – United States factory orders for business equipment increased in July for a third month, at the same time shipments of such goods...
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS decreased by 12,000 to 209,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GABBY JONES

U.S. jobless claims hit four-week low, underscoring strength

WASHINGTON – Filings for United States unemployment benefits dropped to a four-week low, offering the latest sign of labor-market strength.Jobless claims decreased by 12,000...
U.S. FACTORY OUTPUT declined 0.4% in July, according to the Federal Reserve. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TY WRIGHT

Output at U.S. factories falls after biggest gain this year

WASHINGTON – United States factory output retreated in July after rising a month earlier by the most this year, signaling manufacturing is having trouble...
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