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Business Healthy US hiring should make 2014 best since 1999 Healthy US hiring should make 2014 best since 1999
The best year for U.S. hiring since 1999 likely ended with another solid gain in December, supporting expectations that the United States will strengthen further even as overseas economies stumble.
Business National unemployment falls to 5.6 percent National unemployment falls to 5.6 percent
The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.
Business Honda fined $70 million for not reporting death, injury complaints Honda fined $70 million for not reporting death, injury complaints
The Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.
Business How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US How lower oil prices could fuel more hiring in US
In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify.
Business Survey: U.S. companies stepped up hiring in December Survey: U.S. companies stepped up hiring in December
U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.
Business Fed sees foreign weakness as risk to U.S. economy Fed sees foreign weakness as risk to U.S. economy
Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed various risks to the U.S. economy at their December meeting but concluded that the big drop in oil prices was likely to end up boosting growth.