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Rhode Island gains jobs, and unemployment rate holds steady

Nov. 17, 2019 3:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State labor officials say Rhode Island gained 2,400 jobs from September to October and the unemployment rate held steady. The state Department of Labor and Training says the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in October was 505,800, up 2,400 jobs from the revised September job count....

Georgia’s unemployment rate ties historic low at 3.4%

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s unemployment rate in October is tying a historic low at 3.4%. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Friday that the jobless rate fell from 3.5% in September. October’s number ties the mark set in December 2000, the lowest since current data began in 1976. The...

Agency: Utah’s jobless rate drops to 2.5 percent in October

Nov. 15, 2019 11:28 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 2.5 percent in October, down from 2.7 percent in September, as the state’s economy added 51,200 jobs in the prior year. Department of Workforce Services Chief Economist Mark Knold, said Thursday that...

Pennsylvania jobless rate up; labor force, payrolls at highs

Nov. 15, 2019 10:00 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate ticked up in October for the second straight month, even as payrolls and the labor force hit record highs. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2%. It...

US producer prices up 0.4% in October

Nov. 14, 2019 8:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose 0.4% in October, the biggest jump in six months, reflecting a surge in energy costs. The Labor Department said Thursday that the October increase in its producer price index, which measures price pressures before they reach consumers, followed a 0.3% decrease in...

Nevada unemployment rate holds steady at 4.1% in October

Nov. 13, 2019 5:52 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady in October at 4.1%. The state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced Wednesday that the jobless rate was down slightly, less than half a percentage point, from the same month in 2018. Gov. Steve Sisolak says in...

Fed’s Powell sees steady growth, signals pause in rate cuts

Nov. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Fed is likely to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in the coming months, unless the economy shows signs of worsening. But for now, in testimony before a congressional panel, Powell expressed optimism about...

The Latest: Powell sees job participation as major problem

Nov. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before the Joint Economic Committee about the outlook for the U.S. economy (all times local): ___ 11:55 a.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says two major long-term issues facing the U.S. economy are sluggish...

Trump administration has mixed messages on Louisiana economy

Nov. 7, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The White House is sending mixed messages about Louisiana's economy while President Donald Trump tries to unseat Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. Trump trashed Edwards' economic performance Wednesday at a Monroe rally, as he works to replace the Deep South's only Democratic...

US job openings decline in September though remain healthy

Nov. 5, 2019 11:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised fewer open jobs in September compared with the previous month, but the number of available positions remains high by historic standards. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers listed 7 million jobs, down from 7.3 million in August. Job openings peaked...