Employment figures

FILE- In this March 4, 2019, file photo a worker cleans a jet bridge before passengers boarded an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland, Ore., at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. Another decent hiring gain would highlight the economy’s steady health just months after many analysts had expressed fear that growth was poised to weaken and a recession might soon occur. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 03, 2019 - 7:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are expected to have delivered a solid month of job growth in April, buoyed by a resilient economy that has confounded concerns that 2019 would begin with a slowdown. Economists have forecast that employers added 181,000 jobs in April and that the unemployment rate...
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FILE- In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo a container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Thursday, May 2, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 02, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at a solid 3.6% rate in the first three months of this year, the strongest quarterly gain in more than four years and a hopeful sign that a long stretch of weak productivity gains may be coming to an end. The first quarter increase in productivity was more...
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FILE- In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. American consumers are feeling more confident this April 2019, though optimism hasn’t fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in April, from 124.2 in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 30, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers are feeling more confident this month, though optimism hasn't fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in...
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April 29, 2019 - 1:40 am
A survey of corporate economists predicts the economy will expand over the next year, although the pace of growth will decline and employers are facing pressure to raise wages, spend more on worker training and automate tasks because of the low unemployment rate. Just 53% of the economists polled...
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Pinterest co-founder & CEO Ben Silbermann, center, and fellow co-founder and chief product officer Evan Sharp, left, meet with specialist Glenn Carell on the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, Thursday, April 18, 2019, before the company's IPO. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
April 18, 2019 - 5:01 pm
The major U.S. stock indexes capped a holiday shortened week with slight gains Thursday, reversing some of the modest losses from a day earlier. The marginal upward move was not enough to keep the benchmark S&P 500 index from snapping a string of three straight weekly gains. Industrial sector...
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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 - 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 - 8:41 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 - 10:42 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank warned that global friction over trade — such as U.S. threats to impose more tariffs — is holding back the economy and underlined the bank's readiness to deploy more stimulus if needed. Mario Draghi said Wednesday that an improving...
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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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