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Worry about stagflation, a flashback to '70s, begins to grow

May. 26, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stagflation. It was the dreaded “S word” of the 1970s. For Americans of a certain age, it conjures memories of painfully long lines at gas stations, shuttered factories and President Gerald Ford’s much-ridiculed “Whip Inflation Now” buttons. ...

Fewer Americans apply for jobless benefits last week

May. 26, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week with the number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits already near five-decade lows. Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 210,000 for the week ending May 21, the Labor Department reported...

Report says North Dakota's 2022 economic outlook is strong

May. 24, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest economic outlook report for North Dakota is showing continued improvement for 2022, despite a national economy that shrank in the first quarter and is showing signs of entering a recession. The quarterly report by the University of North Dakota...

Idaho unemployment rate continues with historic lows

May. 20, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s unemployment rate in April dropped a tenth of a percent to 2.6% to mark a third consecutive month of historic lows since record-keeping started in 1976, state officials said Friday. The Idaho Department of Labor said that 913,000 workers have jobs...

California adds new jobs as economy shows signs of slowing

May. 20, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California employers added 41,400 new jobs in April, dropping the state's unemployment rate to the lowest its been since the start of the pandemic following 14 consecutive months of growth. The nation's most populous state has now regained more than 91% of...

Pennsylvania jobless rate fell; payrolls, labor force up

May. 20, 2022 14:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s payrolls and workforce grew in April as the state's unemployment rate sank to a post-pandemic low, according to new state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8% from March's...

Beshear: Kentucky posts its lowest-ever unemployment rate

May. 19, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky posted its lowest-ever unemployment rate in April, offering more proof of the state's unprecedented economic momentum, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. The state's seasonally adjusted, preliminary jobless rate fell to 3.9% in April, the Democratic...

Slightly more Americans seek jobless aid last week

May. 12, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for jobless aid ticked up slightly last week but the total number of Americans collecting benefits remained at its lowest level in more than five decades. Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 1,000 to 203,000 for the week...

EXPLAINER: Recession fears grow. But how high is the risk?

May. 09, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is at a 40-year high. Stock prices are sinking. The Federal Reserve is making borrowing much costlier. And the economy actually shrank in the first three months of this year. Is the United States at risk of enduring another recession, just two years...

More Americans apply for jobless aid last week

May. 05, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week but the total number of people collecting jobless aid is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. Jobless claims in the U.S. rose by 19,000 to 200,000 for the week ending April 30, the Labor Department...