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Holiday shopping finishes strong

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National retailers had reason to celebrate as the Christmas shopping season drew to a solid close, with the prospect of even more sales into early January. Sales were up one percent for the week ending Dec. 28 compared with the previous week, and up three percent compared with the same …

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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


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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Training session will show educators how to defend themselves, students

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An Inland gun training facility will host a simulated event in which teachers and school administrators will be shown how to use handguns and engage in other self-defense tactics. Artemis Defense Institute in Lake Forest is scheduled to host the one-day seminar, which is free, on Jan. 11, according to …

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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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Inland region adds construction jobs

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Construction jobs increased three percent in the Inland Empire between November 2012 and November 2013, another sign of economic recovery for the two-county region. An estimated 2,100 construction jobs were added in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario market during that 12-month period, according to report released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors …

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