• Traffic crawls along the Capital Beltway during rush hour, in Greenbelt, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    You can blame the beeping economy for worst US traffic ever

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More jobs and cheaper gasoline come with a big, honking downside: U.S. roads are more clogged than ever now that the recession is in the rearview mirror.

  • In this June 19, 2015, file photo, Mark Flannigan makes a batch of popcorn at the Popcorn Wagon in Pittsfield, Mass. The latest Associated Press survey of leading economists, published Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, shows that most economists predict tepid economic growth, weak pay gains and modest hiring for the next two years, at least. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

    AP survey: Dimmer outlook for US economy, wages and hiring

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the economy’s fitful and sluggish six-year recovery from the Great Recession, analysts have foreseen a sunnier future: Growth would pick up in six months, or in a year.