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Stories with subject: Recessions and depressions
  • Governor calls special session on rainy-day fund 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:45 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - Saying the state's budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot.

  • Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:31 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

  • Yellen: Fed stimulus still needed for job market 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:10 pm
  • NEW YORK - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.

  • Oregon reports significant jobs growth in March 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:07 pm
  • SALEM, Oregon - Oregon state economists say March saw the largest one-month increase in jobs since well before the Great Recession.

  • US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:22 am
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.

  • US producer prices rise 0.5 percent in March 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 9:16 am
  • WASHINGTON - The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals.

  • Milwaukee Art Museum plans expansion 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:09 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Art Museum, known for its bold expansion designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava 13 years ago, is planning another expansion along Lake Michigan.

  • Family Dollar to close stores as shoppers pinched 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:13 pm
  • NEW YORK - Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers.

  • Construction firms worried about worker shortage 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:35 pm
  • DENVER - The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks.

  • Unemployment benefits bill headed to House 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 8:06 am
  • WASHINGTON - Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession.

  • Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 8:20 pm
  • CHICAGO - Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics - the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process.

  • US consumer borrowing up $16.5 billion in February 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 3:37 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Consumers increased their borrowing in February on autos and student loans by the largest amount in a year. But for a second straight month, they cut back on their credit card use.

  • Ow, Canada: US retailers get the cold shoulder 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 3:08 pm
  • For years, Canadians would cross the border to the U.S. to shop at Target. Exporting its cheap chic there seemed like a no-brainer.

  • 5 signs US job market may finally be accelerating 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:20 am
  • WASHINGTON - Few people responded to the March jobs report with high-fives and cheers. But there may be reasons to applaud in the months ahead.

  • A recovering US is outpacing other major economies 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:04 am
  • WASHINGTON - As a brutal winter yields to spring, the U.S. economy is showing renewed strength just as other major economies appear desperate for help.

  • US finally regains the jobs lost in the recession 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 5:50 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

  • Forestry officials say industry making a comeback 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 11:50 am
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Forestry officials say the growing popularity of bourbon and whiskey worldwide is helping bring back Kentucky's forest and wood-products industry.

  • Ecko licensee files for bankruptcy protection 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:59 pm
  • NEW YORK - The former licensee for clothing maker Ecko Unltd. is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to court filings.

  • US home market: Few buyers and not enough sellers 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 2:05 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Entering the 2014 spring buying season, the U.S. housing market faces an unusual dilemma: Too few people are selling homes. Yet too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale.

  • Applications for US jobless aid up 16K to 326,000 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 8:49 am
  • WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.

  • Report says blacks, Latinos losing economic ground 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:28 am
  • WASHINGTON - African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

  • More Americans see middle class status slipping 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 4:12 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.

  • Alabama education budget raises insurance funding 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 10:52 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Senate approved an education budget Tuesday that would increase funding for public education employees' health insurance but would not provide a pay raise.

  • Eurozone unemployment stuck near record high 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 11:31 am
  • BRUSSELS - The 18-country eurozone may have emerged from recession last year, but that has done little good to the jobs market, with unemployment stuck near a record high since then.

  • Oklahoma teachers rally at Capitol for funding 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 6:40 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - A huge crowd of teachers, parents and children amassed at the Oklahoma Capitol building Monday to call for an increase in school funding, which hasn't reached its pre-recession levels despite the addition of tens of thousands more students to the state's classrooms.