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AP-NORC poll: 62% disapprove of how Trump's handling his job

Aug. 22, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president's handling of the U.S. economy but gives him weak...

Watchdog warns of 'alarming' conditions in Nebraska prison

Aug. 21, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest prison faces "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state's watchdog for correctional services. The state's Inspector General of Corrections...

US has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

Aug. 21, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market isn't quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported. The Labor Department said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of the downward revision came from the retail...

White House insists fundamentals of US economy 'very strong'

Aug. 20, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway...

Kansas adds jobs, sees unemployment rate dip to 3.3% in July

Aug. 20, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that it added private-sector jobs in July and saw its unemployment rate drop slightly to 3.3%. The state Department of Labor says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month declined from 3.4% in June and was the same as the 3.3% recorded in July 2018. The...

Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won't look...

California's 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's job growth is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record as the world's fifth largest economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, officials announced Friday. The country's most populous state needs between 8,000 and...

Unemployment rate dips to 3 percent in Maine

Aug. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dipped to a record low based on preliminary figures for July. Officials say the seasonally adjusted rate was 3%. That would be a record unless the final, official figure is adjusted. July's preliminary unemployment rate...

Nebraska unemployment inched up to 3.1% in July

Aug. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's unemployment rose a tenth of a point from June's 3% to hit 3.1% in July, the state said in a report released Friday. The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary July rate was four-tenths of a point higher than the adjusted July 2018 rate of 2.7%. And the new Nebraska...

Trump ties US success to 2nd term: 'You have to vote for me'

Aug. 16, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection. "Whether you love...