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Business week ahead, Dec. 31-Jan. 4

Monday represents the final day of trading in

Monday represents the final day of trading in a volatile 2018 for stock markets. Credit: AP/Mark Lennihan

KEY EVENT: New year, new job? Brentwood Public Library is holding a free workshop on how to prepare for a job interview — and how to answer those tough questions you will face. “Can You Come in for an Interview Tomorrow?” is Thursday, 2-4 p.m. To register, call 631-273-7883.

MONDAY: The last day of stock trading for the year. The Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 index, the Nasdaq and the Newsday Long Island Index, which tracks the biggest local public companies, are all on pace for their worst years since 2008.

TUESDAY: World financial markets closed for New Year’s Day.

WEDNESDAY: Private-sector jobs created in December as estimated by payroll-services provider ADP.

THURSDAY: Automakers report December car and truck sales. Also, jobless benefits claims for the week ended Dec. 29 from the Labor Department and November construction spending from the Commerce Department. And the Institute for Supply Management releases its U.S. manufacturing activity report for December.

FRIDAY: The Labor Department releases the unemployment rate and jobs created in December. Also part of the report: An update on workers’ wages. In the previous report, for November, workers’ wages rose 3.1 percent year-over-year, highest increase since 2009.

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