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Net Zero Carbon Plan Could Bolster Texas Economy
2022-04-18 23:22:05
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Energy scientists at the University of Texas at Austin contend in a new report that their state could strengthen its economy while eliminating carbon pollution within the next 30 years. The report maintains Texas is well-positioned to... Read More

Economy
US Growth in Q4 Revised Lower to 6.9%, Slower Growth to Come

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy ended 2021 by expanding at a healthy 6.9% annual pace from October through December, the government reported Wednesday, a slight downgrade from its previous estimates. For all of 2021, the nation’s gross domestic product —... Read More

Economy
AP-NORC Poll: Low Marks for Biden on Economy as Prices Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say they don't blame President Joe Biden for high gasoline prices, but they're giving his economic leadership low marks amid fears of inflation and deep pessimism about economic conditions. About 7 in 10... Read More

Wall Street
Oil Climbs, Stocks Waver as US Nears Ban of Russian Crude

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks around the world swung on Tuesday, oil prices rose sharply and the price of nickel surged so much that trading for it was shut in London, as the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine keeps rocking... Read More

Employment
US Added 678,000 Jobs in February in Sign of Economic Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 678,000 jobs in February, another gain that underscored the economy’s solid health as the omicron wave fades and more Americans venture out to spend at restaurants, shops and hotels despite surging inflation.... Read More

Wall Street
Stocks Mixed, Oil Tops $110 a Barrel as Ukraine War Rages

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices surged above $110 per barrel Wednesday as Russian forces stepped up attacks on Ukrainian cities, while premarket trading on Wall Street pointed toward a higher open. Investors appeared to take in stride Federal Reserve... Read More

Economy
US Economy Grew 5.7% in 2021 in Rebound From 2020 Recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan's presidency, bouncing back with resilience from 2020's brief but devastating coronavirus recession. The nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and... Read More

Federal Reserve
Fed Leaves Interest Rate Unchanged, But Signals Increase ‘Soon’
2022-01-27 14:44:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, keeping them near zero, but signaled a raise in rates could come soon if inflation continues to run above its preferred target and the job market remains strong. The... Read More

White House
Biden Defends Record, Vows to Get Out and Talk to Americans Face to Face
2022-01-20 17:09:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s second solo press conference since taking office turned into a marathon lasting one hour and 45 minutes on Wednesday as he was repeatedly pressed to defend his first year in office and lay out a... Read More

Federal Reserve
Biden Chooses Three for Fed Board, Including First Black Woman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will nominate three people for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, including Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed and Treasury official, for the top regulatory slot and Lisa Cook, who would be the first... Read More

Employment
U.S. Jobless Claims Rise by 23,000 to 230,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since mid-November, but still low by historic standards. U.S. jobless claims climbed by 23,000 last week to 230,000. The four-week moving average,... Read More

Economy
US Employers Add 199,000 Jobs as Unemployment Falls to 3.9%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 199,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate fell sharply, at a time when businesses are struggling to fill jobs with many Americans remaining reluctant to return to the workforce. The Labor... Read More

Economy
Biden’s Truck Driver Outreach Aimed at Easing Supply Chain
2021-12-16 22:06:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday announced a plan to increase the number of commercial truck drivers in a bid to alleviate supply chain gridlock. The plan includes assistance to state motor vehicle departments to issue more commercial licenses,... Read More

Economy
World Shares, US Futures Slip on Worries Over Omicron Risks

NEW YORK (AP) — Global shares mostly slipped Tuesday as investors cautiously weighed how much damage the new omicron coronavirus variant may unleash on the global economy. Germany's DAX lost 1.1% to 15,106.35 in afternoon trading. France’s CAC 40 slipped... Read More

Economy
Stores Kick Off Black Friday But Pandemic Woes Linger

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh... Read More

Congress
House Moves Toward OK of Dems' Sweeping Social, Climate Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats brushed aside months-long divisions and approached House passage of their expansive social and environment bill Friday, as President Joe Biden and his party neared a defining win in their drive to use their control of government... Read More

Energy
White House Pushing Utility and Energy Providers to Prevent Shut-Offs This Winter
2021-11-18 21:44:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is calling on energy providers to proactively coordinate American Rescue Plan Act funds to prevent utility shut-offs this winter. In a press briefing issued on Thursday, the Biden-Harris White House urged states, localities and tribes... Read More

Energy
Biden Pushes Electric Vehicle Chargers as Energy Costs Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting billions of dollars in his giant bipartisan infrastructure deal to pay for the installation of electric vehicle chargers across the country, an investment he says will go a long way to curbing planet-warming carbon emissions while creating good-paying... Read More

Economy
US Jobless Claims Drop to Pandemic Low of 267,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a new pandemic low 267,000 last week, another sign that the job market is recovering from last year's sharp coronavirus downturn. Jobless claims fell by 4,000 last... Read More

Economy
US Hiring Rebounded in October, With 531,000 Jobs Added

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers stepped up their hiring in October, adding a solid 531,000 jobs, the most since July and a sign that the recovery from the pandemic recession may be overcoming a virus-induced slowdown. Friday’s report from the Labor... Read More

Economy
Unemployment Claims Drop to 269,000, Another Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to a fresh pandemic low last week, another sign the job market is healing after last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 14,000 to 269,000 last week.... Read More

Economy
Consumer Confidence Grew in October as Concerns Over Delta Variant Eased
2021-10-26 15:08:48
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — Consumer confidence grew in October, reversing three month of declines due to concerns over the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, the Conference Board reported Tuesday. The not-for-profit, non advocacy think tank said its proprietary... Read More

Economy
US Wholesale Prices Rose Record 8.6% Over 12 Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level rose 8.6% in September compared to a year ago, the largest advance since the 12-month change was first calculated in 2010. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the monthly increase in its... Read More

White House
Biden, a Convert to Mandates, Making Economic Case for Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is wielding his weapon of last resort in the nation's fight against COVID-19, as he champions vaccination requirements across the country in an effort to force the roughly 67 million unvaccinated American adults to... Read More

Economy
Sweet News: Halloween Spending Expected To Reach All-Time High
2021-10-06 15:58:54
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending on Halloween related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion, up from $8.05 billion in 2020, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation. The federation conducts its annual Halloween... Read More

Economy
US Unemployment Claims Rise After Hitting Pandemic Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that worsening COVID infections may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week... Read More

Economy
Adapt or Else: Downtown Businesses Cope With New Reality

NEW YORK (AP) — Downtown businesses in the U.S. and abroad once took for granted that nearby offices would provide a steady clientele looking for breakfast, lunch, everyday goods and services and last-minute gifts. As the resilient coronavirus keeps offices... Read More

Economy
U.S. Produce Prices Up 8.3% in August From a Year Earlier

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level climbed 8.3% last month from August 2020, the biggest annual gain since the Labor Department started calculating the 12-month number in 2010. The Labor Department reported Friday that its producer price index... Read More

Treasury
Yellen Warns US May Hit Debt Limit in October
2021-09-08 18:16:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is warning Congress that she will run out of maneuvering room to prevent the U.S. from broaching the government’s borrowing limit in October. In a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, Yellen said that... Read More

Employment
Jobless Americans Will Have Few Options as Benefits Expire

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits on Monday, leaving only a handful of economic support programs for those who are still being hit financially by the year-and-a-half-old coronavirus pandemic. Two critical programs expired on... Read More

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