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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Supply Management
U.S. service companies grew in September at the fastest pace in six months, helped by a sharp increase in customer demand.
U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The increase is a hopeful sign that the economy may be improving after a weak stretch.
U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders. The increase was a hopeful sign that the economy is improving.
U.S. stocks mostly rose on Monday as growth in manufacturing provided more evidence that the economy may be picking up, or at least not getting any worse.
Stocks zigged and zagged after reports that the U.S. economy is weakening at a time when China and Europe are also slowing.
U.S. factory activity shrank for the third straight month in August as new orders, production and employment all fell. The report adds to other signs that manufacturing is struggling around the globe.
U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in nearly a year. New orders, production and a measure of employment all rose.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, as layoffs slow and the job market strengthens.
U.S. factories stepped up hiring and production in March, the latest evidence that manufacturing is growing at a healthy pace and fueling the recovery.
U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since late spring, and the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months.
The U.S. service sector, which employs nearly 90 percent of the nation's workforce, grew for the 17th straight month in April, though at the slowest pace since August.
America's factory sector expanded in January at the fastest pace in seven years, as manufacturers reported a sharp jump in new orders.
More people applied last week for unemployment benefits, one week after applications fell to the lowest level in more than two years.