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Requests for jobless benefits drops

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The number of U.S. residents applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 2,000 last week to 339,000 applicants. That seasonally-adjusted figure is considered a sign that layoffs are staying low and hiring will remain steady for awhile, according to an Associated Press report. The national job market has picked up in …

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Consumer confidence up

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National consumer confidence rebounded strongly in December, according to a report released Tuesday. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was 78.1 for the last month of the year, up from 72.1 in November. That moved the index closer to where it was before the government shutdown in October: the confidence …

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State posts major job gains

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California added 90,100 non-agricultural jobs during November, according to a report released last week by the state Employment Development Department. The state has now added more than 1.5 million jobs since the recovery officially began in February 2010, according to the data, which was based on the results of two …

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Holiday sales rise as crunch time nears

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National retail sales rose dramatically last week, as the Christmas shopping season entered its final phase. Sales were up four percent for the week that ended Sunday compared with the week that ended Dec. 7, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Index. …

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U.S. worker output up dramatically

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In another sign of a recovering economy, U.S workers increased their productivity between July and September at the fastest pace since the end of 2009. Productivity was up three percent year-to-year during the third quarter, up from 1.8 percent during the second quarter, according to data released Monday by the …

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