Productivity growth slows to 2.2% rate in 3rd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lackluster gains of the last decade. Labor costs accelerated but remained at a low level.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 1-8, 2018


This weekend


What: A Klose Knit Fashion Show — Where Knitting Meets Passion. Silent auction and raffle. Presented by Imbibe Urbana.

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2.

Where: held in the back hallway of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana, behind Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, downtown Urbana.

Survey: U.S. firms added 227,000 jobs in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies added 227,000 jobs in October, according to a private survey, a healthy gain that suggests businesses can still find workers even with the unemployment rate striking 49-year lows.

Consumer spending rises 0.3 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rose by an inflation-adjusted 0.3 percent last month, led by increased spending on health care services and motor vehicles.

C-U jobless rate up slightly in September over 2017, but still under 4%

The Champaign-Urbana unemployment rate increased slightly in September compared with a year ago, but remains fairly low at 3.8 percent.

The Champaign-Urbana metro area has seen a net total of 600 jobs added since September 2017, when the rate was 3.7 percent.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2018


This weekend


What: Ages 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts for trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Take a walk through our spook-tacularly (family-friendly) Haunted House.Bring a bag to collect your goodies.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 18-25, 2018


This weekend


Flex-N-Gate seeks $80K grant for Danville plant expansion

DANVILLE — In addition to $1.2 million in state tax incentives, local auto parts maker Flex-N-Gate is seeking another $80,000 from the city to buy equipment that will be used in the expansion of its Danville plant.

Talks on filling Danville mayor vacancy to be behind closed doors

DANVILLE — On Tuesday night, Danville aldermen will hash out behind closed doors who will fill the remainder of Mayor Scott Eisenhauer's term.

Four aldermen have expressed interest in the appointment to the mayor's office, which would begin Nov. 5, when Eisenhauer begins his new job in Rantoul as village administrator.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 11-18, 2018

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