Catherine Rampell, economics reporter for our partner The New York Times, wrote a piece for this Sunday's New York Times Magazine that profiles the success of Canada in boosting its economy by incentivizing paternity leave.
In 2008, we broke down the election map state-by-state. In 2012, we’re breaking it down by industry. Each week, we’ll look at a different industry that changed dramatically over the last four years and find out how that might affect the presidential election. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times talks about the automotive industry and the continuing impact of the 2009 bailout as well as the president’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission was moving against China, alleging that the country illegally subsidizes its auto part industry—and how all of that affects voters in states from Michigan to Missouri.
Catherine Rampell, economics editor at NYTimes.com, discusses the economics behind the Nobel Prize awarded to Peter Diamond, Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissaride.
The August unemployment rate is out. The new rate is 9.7 percent. That's up from 9.4 percent last month, and is a little higher than what economists predicted. Most economists are saying the recession is waning, but try saying that to the more than half a million laid-off workers applying for benefits. New numbers out Thursday showed a slight improvement in jobless claims from the week before, but it’s still far higher than the 350,000 claims that economists say is a sign of a healthy labor market.
We’re looking at the economic picture of ordinary people. We’ll crunch the big numbers with Catherine Rampell, editor of the New York Times Economix blog. But we’ll also speak to three people struggling to find a job or hold onto the one they already have: Cliff Hagedon, owner of Fort Gratiot Express trucking; Francine Morin, an unemployed health care program coordinator; and Liz Gold, who manages a social networking site called MomsLikeMe.com for mothers in Tampa, Florida.
And we’re asking people to tell us their own economic picture: Are you, or people close to you, finding it easier or harder to get a job? Getting more interviews, job offers? Tell us your story and we’ll get it on the show.