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In this 2018 photo provided by PNC Gus Faucher poses for a photo. In this high-profile election year, the U.S. economy boasts an unemployment rate that is near its lowest level in a half-century. But economic growth has been slowing. And some economists say the expansion may be vulnerable to risks ranging from the U.S.-China trade war to China's deadly viral outbreak. To try to gauge what the future may hold, The Associated Press spoke recently with Faucher.  (PNC via AP)

View of a longtime economist: Slower growth but no recession

Feb. 23, 2020 10:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In this high-profile election year, the U.S. economy boasts an unemployment rate that is near its lowest level in a half-century. But economic growth has been slowing. And some economists say the expansion may be vulnerable to risks ranging from the U.S.-China trade war to China's deadly...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

WH report says economy accelerated under Trump

Feb. 20, 2020 9:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new White House report says the U.S. economy is growing faster than expected, even though the annual gains of 3% that President Donald Trump promised to voters have yet to be achieved. The annual economic report of the president released Thursday said the economy added more jobs,...

Economists: Detroit jobs, household income forecast to rise

Feb. 10, 2020 1:13 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Household income and employment for Detroit residents are forecast to increase over the next four years, according to economists. Detroit’s unemployment rate will drop to just under 8% by 2023 and 2024, researchers with the University Economic Analysis partnership announced Monday....

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, Gory Rodriguez, of Starbucks, right, interviews a job applicant during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. The January U.S. jobs report on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, may provide timely evidence of the U.S. economy's enduring health. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Healthy US job market: How big a political edge for Trump?

Feb. 7, 2020 5:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring jumped last month, and many more people were encouraged to look for work, showing that the economy remains robust despite threats from China’s viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing. The strong job growth gives President Donald Trump more evidence...

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Text of President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address

Feb. 5, 2020 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union address, as delivered, provided by the White House: Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback....

Eurozone unemployment falls to lowest level since May 2008

Jan. 30, 2020 7:23 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Unemployment across the 19 countries that share the euro currency has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 12 years, official figures showed Thursday. The European Union's statistics agency said the jobless rate fell to 7.4% in December from 7.5% the month before. Unemployment is now at its...

German unemployment rate climbs above 5% in January

Jan. 30, 2020 4:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's jobless rate climbed above 5% in January, pushed higher largely by seasonal factors while also reflecting slower growth in Europe's biggest economy, official data showed Thursday. The unadjusted unemployment rate, the headline figure in Germany, rose to 5.3% in January from 4.9% in...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 29, 2020 1:13 PM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Jan. 27 The Parkersburg News & Sentinel on state employment figures: Gov. Jim Justice is justified in bragging about our state’s economy. “This is something all West Virginians should be proud of,” he said last week. As the governor...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump leaves after a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It's been a week packed with rhetoric from President Donald Trump. This, as his Senate impeachment trial unfolded and the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, played out. An AP Fact Check put his statements under scrutiny and found distortions on a range of topics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fusillade of misfires on fateful week

Jan. 25, 2020 3:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abroad, at home and in Twitter's ether, President Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of statements over the past week as the Senate impeachment trial unfolded and the Davos economic forum played out in Switzerland. On impeachment, the state of the country, abortion, pollution and more,...

Oklahoma unemployment rate steady; slowdown projected

Jan. 24, 2020 2:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate held steady last month at 3.4% and the state's economic slowdown is projected to continue in 2020, state officials reported Friday. Oklahoma's 3.4% seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains just below the national average of 3.5%, the Oklahoma...