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US Construction Spending Down 0.1 Percent in October

US Construction Spending Down 0.1 Percent in October

Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 0.1 percent in October, the third consecutive monthly decline, as weakness in home building and non-residential construction offset a rebound in government projects.
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Economist: Shortage of Skilled Workers Curbs Midwest Economy

An economist says a monthly survey suggests the economy continued to expand in nine Midwest and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers.
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The Nature of The Beast (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

The pain to the individuals affected is real, but General Motors is merely behaving in the way corporations behave to be sustainably profitable over time.
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Construction Spending Slips Slightly in October

Construction spending in the United States fell 0.1 percent in October compared with September, its third straight monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Spending reached a peak of $1.32 trillion in May. read more >

Can't Buy Me Love (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

Since it's hard to measure universal goals like being a better parent, humans tend to fixate on things that we can measure — weight, height, the size of our houses and, of course, net worth. read more >

US Hiring Slowed to 155K Jobs; Jobless Rate Stays at 3.7 Percent

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That's below this year's average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. read more >

Jerome Powell: Fed Concerned About Rural Poverty

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the U.S. economy overall is strong but many rural areas are falling farther behind. read more >

Survey: US Businesses Added 179K Jobs Last Month

U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey. read more >

J.B. Hunt Adds 5 Electric Trucks to Final Mile Division

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell adds five Fuso eCanter all-electric medium-duty box trucks to its private fleet, the first electric vehicles in company history. read more >

Arkansas Revenue Rises in November

Arkansas finance officials say an increase in sales and income tax collections kept the state's revenue in November above forecast and the level recorded in November 2017. read more >

US Construction Spending Down 0.1 Percent in October

Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 0.1 percent in October, the third consecutive monthly decline, as weakness in home building and non-residential construction offset a rebound in government projects. read more >

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