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FACTORY PRODUCTION increased 0.6 percent in November, following a 0.5 percent gain in October, in the United States, as U.S. manufacturers built momentum that seems likely to affect the Federal Reserves decision as to when to end its bond-buying program that has been helping the economy weather the effects of the Great Recession. Here, Boeing employees work in the cargo bay of a Boeing Co. C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet being built in Long Beach, Calif. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

Production gain shows U.S. factories will spur growth

WASHINGTON - American assembly lines churned out more cars, electronics and furniture in November, showing manufacturing will help the world’s largest economy strengthen in...

Job openings increased in October to five-year high

WASHINGTON – Job openings in the U.S. climbed to a five-year high in October, indicating employers were confident about demand even as Washington’s budget...
A ROW OF 2014 Ford Motor Co. Focus vehicles sit on display at Uftring Ford in East Peoria, Ill. Inventory buildup -- the largest since early 1998 -- partly accounted for an unexpected 3.6 percent growth in GDP for the third quarter. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted a 3.1 percent gain. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. economy grows at 3.6% rate on bigger inventory build

WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy expanded in the third quarter at a faster pace than initially reported, led by the biggest increase in inventories...

Building permits rose in October to five-year high

WASHINGTON – More applications for home construction were issued in October than at any time in the past five years, a sign the U.S....

Job openings in U.S. climbed in September to five-year high

WASHINGTON – Job openings in the U.S. climbed to a five-year high in September, indicating employers were confident about demand before the federal government...

Resilient shoppers offer holiday hope to retailers

WASHINGTON – Americans look to be in the mood to shop this holiday season as their buying power gets a lift from more plentiful...
THE U.S. ADDED 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, exceeding economists' median forecast of 120,000 new jobs. Payrolls increased at manufacturers by the most since February, retailers added about twice as many workers as the month before, and leisure and hospitality employment was the strongest in six months. / COURTESY U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTUCS

Payrolls jumped 204,000 as U.S. economy weathered shutdown

WASHINGTON – Payrolls in the U.S. increased more than forecast in October, a sign that employers were optimistic the world’s biggest economy would weather...
CONSUMER PRICES IN the U.S. rose 0.2 percent in September compared with the same period a year earlier, on par with analysts' expectations. In the Northeast, the consumer price index rose 1.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor  Statistic's Consumer Price Index released Wednesday.

Consumer prices rose in September as fuel costs gain

WASHINGTON – The cost of living in the U.S. rose as projected in September as fuel charges climbed, capping the smallest year-to-year gain in...

More Americans selling hair, eggs to supplement lagging incomes

WASHINGTON - Hair, breast milk and eggs are doubling as ATM machines for some cash-strapped Americans such as April Hare. Out of work for more...

Pew study shows social mobility decline in U.S. could harm growth

WASHINGTON - The ascent to dazzling affluence achieved by fictional farm boy Jay Gatsby is becoming increasingly less plausible, posing risks for U.S. economic...

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