WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico decreased by 23.3 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, dropping to $637 billion. The 23.3 percent decline in trade was the largest year-to-year decline for the 15 years covered by the data, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NAFTA went into effect in 1994 .
BELLS, Tenn. — On the campaign trail and in television ads, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam boasts of his role in creating 11,000 jobs as an executive with family-owned Pilot Corp.
WASHINGTON — The number of newly laid-off workers requesting jobless benefits fell slightly last week for the third straight time. But initial claims remain above levels that would signal net job gains.