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211,000 Jobs Created, Jobless Rate Drops

Washington, DC, April 7, 2006--Payrolls rose by a better-than-expected 211,000 in March while the jobless rate fell back to 4.7% from 4.8%, according to the Labor Department.

Survey: Small-Business Owners View Illegal Immigra

Washington, DC, April 6, 2006--Released today, the results of the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation Member Survey on Immigration found that small-business owners see illegal immigration as a serious problem.

Coverings Announces Spectrum Award Winners

Orlando, FL, April 6, 2006--Winners come and go from Charlotte Arena. But a permanent champ is the building’s tile mural, and it earned the Grand Prize in the prestigious Spectrum Awards honoring outstanding use of ceramic tile.

Mortgage Rate Average Rises .08%

Washington, DC, April 6, 2006--The benchmark 30-year fixed rate mortgage average rose in the week ending Thursday, to 6.43% from 6.35%, said Freddie Mac.

Fed Officials See Sustainable Growth

Washington, DC, April 5, 2006--Economic growth looks set to slow to a non-inflationary pace, Federal Reserve officials said on Tuesday, suggesting the Fed's long campaign of interest rate increases is nearly over.

Report: Hardwood Producers Selling Illegal Papua T

Jakarta, Indonesia, April 5, 2006--According to the Jakarta Post, the massive illegal logging of Papuan merbau timber is being fueled by five giant international flooring companies, which are neglecting to check whether they have bought legal timber.

Coverings 2006 Opens in Orlando

Orlando, FL, April 4, 2006--Ceramic tile and stone trade show Coverings 2006 kicks off its 19th edition this morning here with the expectation of record crowds.

Pending Home Sales Off

Washington, DC, April 3, 2006--Pending home sales fell in the latest month, and were lower than a year ago, indicating the housing market is stabilizing, a real estate group said Monday.

USGBC President Reveals a New Orleans Vision

New Orleans, LA, April 3, 2006--At a recent luncheon, Bob Odell of the U.S .Green Building Council (USGBC) unveiled a vision of New Orleans as a leading international city of the 21st century.

Laverdure New President Tarkett Residential North

Whitehall, PA, April 3, 2006--Tarkett has announced the appointment of Guillaume Laverdure to the newly created position of president, Residential North America. Laverdure has been with Tarkett for 15 years and was most recently vice president of logisti