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Consumer Confidence Edges Up In May On Improving Job Market

May 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Employers added a healthy 223,000 jobs last month, up from a lackluster 85,000 in March.

Orders For Durable Goods Drop 0.5 Percent In April

May 26, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April.

Report: Growing Manufacturing Trade Deficit Equated To 230,000 Lost Jobs

May 22, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. high-tech manufacturing exports in the first quarter fell by 2 percent.

Gauge Of U.S. Economy Jumps 0.7 Percent In April

May 21, 2015 5:37 pm | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

This jump is the biggest advance since a 1 percent rise last July.

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U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling Boom's Economic Impact, At A Glance

May 21, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are some figures illustrating the rapid rise of oil and gas production.

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Up

May 21, 2015 1:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Despite the rise, the number of applications remains at a historically low level.

Hong Kong Manufacturers to Tour U.S. Next Month

May 20, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A coalition of manufacturing and tech companies will embark on a 13-day economic mission.

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Manufacturing In New York State Up Slightly In May

May 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The stronger dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive, which cuts into sales.

U.S. Industrial Output Falls For Fifth Month On Lower Drilling

May 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Less drilling, fewer new wells, and weaker demand for pipe have contributed to the fall.

Why U.S. Economic Growth Has Disappointed This Year

May 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Consumers have been frugal, despite the sharp drop in gas prices.

MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast For 2015

May 14, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The economic projections for 2015 fell in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar.

China Auto Sales Growth Decelerates In April

May 11, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are looking to China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, to drive future revenue, but sales growth has declined steadily as the country's economic expansion cools.

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China's Imports Plunge In New Sign Of Economic Weakness

May 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's imports and exports contracted again in April in a new sign of economic weakness, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders to reverse a politically dangerous slump.

Study: Policy Changes Might Help Encourage Capital Investment

May 6, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report suggested that the nation's tax and regulatory climate, along with global economic uncertainty, could be deterring investment opportunities and entrepreneurialism in the U.S.

Survey: Hiring By U.S. Businesses Slows Sharply In April

May 6, 2015 10:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The weak showing could raise fears that the economy is slipping into a period of sluggish growth, after expanding at a healthy pace for most of last year.

ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March For First Time In Eight Months

May 4, 2015 10:07 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Economists are hoping that U.S. manufacturing is beginning to emerge from a long soft patch, bolstered by stronger domestic demand that will offset weakness in exports.

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U.S. Factory Activity Improves In April, But Hiring Declines

May 1, 2015 12:06 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded in April at the same pace as in March, but manufacturers are starting to curtail hiring in a possible sign of weakness.

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Plunge To 15-Year Low

April 30, 2015 10:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 34,000 to 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since April 2000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 1,250 to 283,750, near a 15-year low.

Republican Legislators Introduce Bill To Merge Economic Agencies

April 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by Todd Richmond, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican legislators want to merge Wisconsin's two major economic development agencies into a new entity with a stand-alone bill rather than through Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

Durable Goods Orders Up, Business Investments Fall Again

April 24, 2015 3:11 pm | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have been hurt by a labor dispute at West Coast ports that disrupted supply chains in the early part of the year. They were also hit with winter weather in many parts of the country that was harsh enough to disrupt production.

Made Here: The Business Outlook For U.S. Manufacturing

April 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Scott Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Bank of the West | News | Comments

Despite the relatively high costs associated with U.S. production, economic indicators demonstrate that the manufacturing sector is showing healthy growth. Seven years after the financial crisis, U.S. manufacturers are now out-performing the economy overall.

Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 10:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The percentage of firms that said they raised pay in the January-March quarter soared to 45 percent, up from 31 percent in January and 35 percent a year earlier.

Factory Output Rises For First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 10:09 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers have been struggling in recent months because a strong dollar has made their products more expensive in foreign markets.

IMF Cuts Forecast For U.S. Economy, Upgrades Europe And Japan

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.

Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 13, 2015 5:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The report showed employment in the production of goods remained flat at about 26 million, while service industry positions accounted for all of the 82 million new jobs created between 1967 and 2011.

U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped In February

April 13, 2015 3:35 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

“U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.

China's Trade Shrinks In Sign Of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The decline has deepened since mid-2014, feeding concern that growth might be falling too sharply and raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses.

Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the semiannual report to Congress on international economic and exchange rate policies, Treasury officials expressed concern about weak domestic demand in Japan and Germany.

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