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Retirees help disabled stay active and productive

Feb. 25, 2020 12:08 PM EST

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — While New Hampshire officials continue to boast a booming economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, there are people gravely hurt by these seemingly positive realities. In this case, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because of the...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo Melissa Rogan, left, and her daughter Renee, 9-months-old, browse the new Toys R Us store at a mall in Paramus, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, the Conference Board reports on U.S. consumer confidence for February. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

US consumer confidence rises slightly to 130.7 in February

Feb. 25, 2020 11:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence improved slightly in February, rising to a reading of 130.7, the highest point since August. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its measure of consumer sentiment is up from a revised reading of 130.4 in January. The January reading was revised down from an...

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...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney speaks at a forum for Democratic gubernatorial candidates at Montana State University Billings in Billings Mont. Cooney is facing businesswoman Whitney Williams in the June 2 primary election. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Democrats running for governor are split on Bullock's legacy

Feb. 20, 2020 1:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two of Steve Bullock's would-be successors are making the popular Montana governor a central issue in the race for the Democratic nomination — with starkly different takes on his job performance. Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, who has the backing of the term-limited Democratic...

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,...

Beshear boosting staff at unemployment benefit centers

Feb. 20, 2020 5:57 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is pledging to speed up unemployment insurance claims by improving staffing at career centers around the state. Beshear announced Wednesday that current staff have been retrained in 12 local centers to help people seeking unemployment insurance. Beshear said...

FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo, a man walks past a branch of HSBC bank in Hong Kong. Europe's biggest bank has reported that its net profit fell 53% in 2019 to $6 billion. London-based HSBC, whose profit is mainly from Asia, said it plans to revamp its U.S. and European business and shed $100 billion in assets to improve its profitability.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

HSBC cuts headcount by 35,000 in deep overhaul

Feb. 18, 2020 8:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, will shed some 35,000 jobs as part of an overhaul to focus on faster-growing markets in Asia and as it tries to cope with a slew of global uncertainties, from Brexit to the trade wars to the new coronavirus. The interim chief executive, Noel Quinn, said Tuesday...

Spokane area continued upward trend in employment in 2019

Feb. 16, 2020 3:32 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An increasing population and a booming economy have spurred employment growth around Spokane, according to state labor officials. The region covering Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, saw more than 4,600 new jobs in 2019, surpassing that mark for the fifth consecutive year,...

Unemployment insurance available for power plant workers

Feb. 14, 2020 10:59 PM EST

PREWITT, N.M. (AP) — State labor officials say workers who are laid off as a result of a planned power plant closure in western New Mexico will be eligible for unemployment benefits. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced earlier this year it would close the coal-fired Escalante...

President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

Feb. 13, 2020 7:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's nominees for the Federal Reserve came under sharp questioning Thursday from senators over her unorthodox economic views, including from two Republicans whose doubts about her nomination could imperil it. The nominee, Judy Shelton, sought to make her...