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December 6, 2019

The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department said Friday, coming in far ahead of expectations.

Analysts had been anticipating around 180,000 jobs being added, The New York Times notes.

"This blows away expectations," CNN's Christine Romans reported, while The Washington Post's Phillip Bump tweeted that he "said 'whoa' out loud" when he saw the number.

Hiring reached its highest level since January, as unemployment fell from 3.6 percent in October to 3.5 percent in November, The Associated Press reports. Average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent, up 3.1 percent from last year.

The New York Times writes the report "offered a counterpoint to renewed anxieties about an escalating trade war and a weakening global economy," noting tens of thousands of General Motors workers returning after a strike helped boost the hiring totals. Brendan Morrow

May 2, 2019

President Trump's approval rating on the economy has just reached a new high.

A new CNN poll on Thursday found that 56 percent of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the economy, his best number ever in this poll. Trump's economic approval rating is up eight points from when this survey was conducted in late January, and five points from when it was conducted in mid-March. Forty-one percent of Americans said they disapprove of Trump's handling of the economy.

The economy is easily the issue where Trump performs best; for comparison, 38 percent of Americans approved of his handling of health care policy and 42 percent approved of his handling of immigration. Still, Trump's approval rating in these areas, as well as on foreign affairs and race relations, was up from CNN's previous survey.

Additionally, 45 percent of Americans said in this poll they have a favorable opinion of Trump. While the majority, 54 percent, said they have an unfavorable opinion, this is Trump's highest favorability rating in this poll in more than two years; he previously earned a 45 percent favorable rating in April 2017.

With the economy being Trump's greatest strength heading into 2020, Politico reported on Thursday that he is less worried about any of the Democrats running for president than he is that his "great run of economic news might run out," with one person close to Trump saying that he believes "his main threat is the Federal Reserve."

CNN's poll was conducted by speaking to 1,007 U.S. adults over the phone from April 25-28. The margin of error is 3.8 percentage points. Read the full results at CNN. Brendan Morrow

April 1, 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential campaign is off to an impressive start.

Buttigieg on Monday announced he has raised more than $7 million since he launched his campaign in January. He said this was based on a preliminary analysis, writing, "We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn."

For comparison, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke announced last month that he raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised $5.9 million in that time. Other candidates haven't yet released their Q1 totals, but The Washington Post notes that although Buttigieg's total is likely to fall short of the frontrunners', it's still a lot for a candidate who entered the race with relatively little name recognition.

Buttigieg recently drew 4 percent support in a poll from Quinnipiac, which put him on par with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and put him above Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). And Politico notes that Buttigieg's $7 million total will likely put him in the "fundraising upper echelon of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls." Brendan Morrow

January 12, 2017

Amazon on Thursday announced an ambitious plan to add more than 100,000 new full-time, full-benefit jobs to its already massive U.S. labor force in the next 18 months. As of last year, the e-commerce behemoth employed more than 180,000 workers across the country — up from just 30,000 workers in 2011.

Many of the new posts will go towards filling new fulfillment centers which are being constructed in California, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, and other states. These new opportunities are intended "for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education, and skill levels," the company said in a statement. In addition to warehouse workers, Amazon will also offer new roles in "cloud technology, machine learning, and advanced logistics."

The announcement comes just a month after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and a dozen other tech giants met with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss innovation, trade deals, and job creation. Over the holidays, the online retailer also hired over 120,000 temporary workers to meet its Christmas rush needs and indicated plans to keep thousands of those new workers as full-time employees. Kelly Gonsalves

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