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U.S. employers added a surprisingly robust 303K jobs in March in...

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's employers delivered another outpouring of jobs in March, adding a sizzling 303,000 workers to their payrolls and bolstering hopes that...

Consumer confidence slips in February as anxiety over potential recession reappears

American consumers are feeling less confident this month as concerns over a possible recession grew despite the most recent data pointing to a healthy...

What recession? Professional forecasters raise expectations for U.S. economy in 2024 

NEW YORK (AP) – This year looks to be a much better one for the U.S. economy than business economists were forecasting just a...

Robots and happy workers: Productivity surge helps explain U.S. economy’s surprising...

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year. It wasn't...
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The Federal Reserve seems content to play the waiting game

If there’s one thing you can say about Fed policymakers, it’s that they don’t make decisions on a whim. When the Federal Open Market...

Political tensions pose threat to economy, business economists say

WASHINGTON (AP) – Just a quarter of business economists and analysts expect the United States to fall into recession this year. And any downturn...
WELL STOCKED: Papis Refrescos LLC owner Victor Regino remains hopeful despite challenges he sees for his business and the broader state economy. 
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Business owners not rushing to expand post-pandemic

Rhode Island business owners know they have been through worse but they’re not quite ready to say that’s all behind them. That’s the biggest takeaway...

American consumers feeling more confident than they have in two years

American consumers, fresh off strong holiday spending, are feeling more confident than they have in two years. The Conference Board, a business research group, said...

Do you agree with growing sentiment that the U.S. may avoid...

The general sentiment among economists over the past year was that it was a near certainty that the U.S. would fall into a recession...

U.S. consumer confidence tumbles in September as American anxiety about the...

WASHINGTON (AP) – The confidence of American consumers slipped this month, particularly about the future, as expectations persist that interest rates will remain elevated...
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