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Utah unemployment rate remains steady at 2.8% in August

Sep. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has held steady at 2.8% for three straight months. The Department of Workforce Service's monthly report released Friday also says nonfarm payroll employment for August grew by an estimated 3 percent, with 45,900 jobs added to the economy...

Kansas jobless rate in August was lowest in 20-plus years

Sep. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that unemployment in the state dropped to 3.2% in August and was at its lowest rate in more than 20 years. The state Department of Labor said Friday that the state gained private-sector jobs during the month and over the past year. Labor economist Emilie Doerksen...

Nebraska jobless rate held steady at 3.1% in August

Sep. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment remained steady at 3.1% in August, matching the July figure, according to a state report issued Friday. The preliminary August rate was four-tenths of a percentage point higher than the adjusted August 2018 rate of 2.7%, the Nebraska Labor Department said. The...

Vermont unemployment rate holds steady in August at 2.1%

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate held steady in August at 2.1%. The August unemployment rate compares to a rate of 2.6% in August of last year. Unemployment in Vermont's 17 labor markets ranged from a low of 1.8% in the White River Junction area to a...

Pennsylvania jobless rate stable as payrolls see new record

Sep. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained stable in August, as payrolls rose to a record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained at 3.9%. That's one-tenth of a percentage point above the lowest rate on record it hit...

Connecticut unemployment rate unchanged in August

Sep. 19, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's unemployment rate was 3.6% in August, unchanged from July and down four-tenths of a percentage point from the same month a year ago. The state Labor Department released its monthly job report on Thursday. It says the monthly payroll survey by the U.S. Bureau of...

Rhode Island unemployment rate increases slightly

Sep. 19, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August rose one-tenth of a percentage point over July, but was down three-tenths of a percentage point when compared to August 2018. The state Department of Labor and Training announced Thursday that the state unemployment rate...

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

Sep. 18, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which influences many consumer and business loans — by...

With Trump trade war a threat, Fed is set to cut rates again

Sep. 16, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second straight time, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week to try to protect the economy from the consequences of a global slowdown and President Donald Trump's trade war with China. After that, no one — not even the Fed itself — seems sure what...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on economy; Dems' selective facts

Sep. 16, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant , shattering all economic records for...