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Small businesses step up hiring pace as healthier economy boosts revenue

...The ripple effect from growth in construction and consumer spending are feeding the increase, says Susan Woodward, an economist who helps software maker Intuit compile its hiring surveys.Pampering is backLiliana Aranda's business began picking up...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-31/small-businesses-step-hiri
Survey: US companies add 218,000 jobs in July

...1 percent, according to a survey by FactSet."It feels to me like the job market is humming," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, which helps compile the report.The job gains were mostly broad-based. Construction added 12...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-30/survey-us-companies-add-21
US economy grew at strong 4 percent rate

...U.S. and foreign goods.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that given the solid rebound...which officially ended in June 2009.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said he thinks growth could accelerate...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-30/us-economy-grew-strong-4-p
Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy

...week that suggested it was time for the Fed to start moving away from its ultra-low rate policies.David Jones, chief economist at DMK Advisors, said a new phrase in the Fed statement about a "significant underutilization of labor resources" showed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-30/fed-offers-dual-message-he
Rediscovery: Monetary policy often is not sufficient to spark economy

...investment spending founders. Why are proposed corporate investments so unattractive to our CEOs? ROUGHLY SPEAKING, to an economist, investment is a commitment of the firm's resources not to obtain an immediate payoff, but instead a series of payoffs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2014-07-27/rediscovery-mone
If other countries sneeze, will US catch a cold? An expert's case for US recession next year

...enviable record. Nearly a decade ago, the economist warned that U.S. housing was a bubble...consumer," says Eswar Prasad, an economist at Cornell University, "but the U.S...different matter.Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities, also thinks people...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-22/if-other-countries-sneeze-
Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

...dropped to 302,000 from 348,500 when the year began."In the weeks that follow," said Michelle Girard, the chief economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland, "claims look likely to hold at or below the 300,000 mark."The sharp decline has paralleled...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-24/across-us-job-market-layof
US economy, though sluggish, might now be sturdier

...the five-year recovery ? the smallest increase among expansions in the last 55 years, said Carl Tannenbaum, the chief economist at Northern Trust.But after the frugality of the past half-decade, money that once went to repaying credit cards can...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-23/us-economy-though-sluggish
Millennials buying homes later

...homeownership for young people," said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia.The analysis suggests that the recession - for...industry has to explain poor sales.Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, blames the lack...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-16/millennials-buying-homes-l
US home construction drops 9.3 percent in June to rate of 893,000, slowest pace in 9 months

...temporary factors such as heavy rain in parts of the South which could have held back housing starts.Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO, said it was too soon to conclude that the housing recovery has stalled. "After all, job growth continues, mortgage...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-17/us-home-construction-drops