Charlie Herman

Business and Economics Editor

Charlie Herman appears in the following:

Economy Added 192,000 Jobs in February

Friday, March 04, 2011

The U.S. job market bounced back in February as the unemployment fell below 9 percent for the first time since April 2009.


Unemployment Drops to 8.9%

Friday, March 04, 2011

The U.S. economy added a net 192,000 jobs in February, according to the latest Labor Department figures out Friday. The unemployment rate is now at 8.9 percent — the first time that figure has dropped below nine percent in nearly two years. Takeaway and WNYC economics editor, Charlie Herman and The Wall Street Journal's Kelly Evans look at the numbers.


This Week's Agenda: Budget, Middle East, Jobs

Monday, February 28, 2011

The government is on the verge of a shutdown Friday, as Democrats and Republicans try and come up with some kind of resolution on the budget. Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Reuters, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, will look into their chrystal balls and see if any resolution is in sight. While Washington makes attempts at a budget resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to Switzherland to come up with a resolution on dealing with Col. Moammar el-Gadhafi and Libya. Are Gadhafi's days numbered? 

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Cash Is King as Home Sales Rise

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sales of existing homes rose unexpectedly in January, but the increase came largely from investors and all-cash buyers snagging deals on foreclosed homes rather than first-time homebuyers.


This Week’s Agenda: Unions, the Arab World and the 'Groupon Effect'

Monday, February 21, 2011

Last week, Egypt and President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal held our attention. This week, ongoing upheaval in the Arab World, public sector unions and what Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland calls “the Groupon effect” promise to be on our monitors and TV screens.

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Workers Set to Testify at Second Wal-Mart Hearing

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wal-Mart workers, former and current, will testify Thursday at the City Council's second and final hearing into the labor practices of of the retail giant, which is expected to get blasted by the employees following a fiery council meeting that drew protesters two weeks ago.


This Week's Agenda: Middle East, Budget, G20 Summit

Monday, February 14, 2011

With protesters in Egypt successfully overthrowing President Hosni Mubarak, following successful protests in Tunisia, we take a look at Yemen. That country has seen protests all weekend — not from the opposition but from the youth of the country, who have organized primarily via text messaging. Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at why the U.S. should be keeping a close eye on what's happening in Yemen, as well as in Iran. 

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Albany's Double-Dip?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Albany. It’s the capital of New York. It’s where Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature will battle over cuts to state services, public benefits and even state payrolls. 

And according to Moody’s Analytics, it’s at risk of falling back into recession even as the state overall is on the path to recovery

Albany is not alone.

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This Week's Agenda: Egypt, Jobs and the Economy

Monday, February 07, 2011

Egypt will likely dominate the headlines all week, with everyone waiting to see if President Hosni Mubarak will cede to the wishes of the protesters and step down. Calli Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH in Boston, looks at what's ahead this week for the people of Egypt and its government. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC in New York, looks at the potential impact the uprising in Egypt could have on the price of oil, and on how it could impact trade on the Suez Canal.

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Financial Crisis Commission: What We've Learned

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Charles Herman, WNYC business and economics editor, has been monitoring the press conference and report from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission this morning - he offers his highlights.

→ Read A Primer on the Findings, Watch Live Video of the Panel, And Add Your Thoughts at It's A Free Country

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This Week's Agenda: State of the Union, Economy

Monday, January 24, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday is the most anticipated event of the week. Kai Wright, editorial director of ColorLines Magazine, says this speech will signal the start of the 2012 presidential campaign. He shares what to expect from the President's speech, and what the aftermath of it will look like. Kai says the match up is no longer Republicans vs. Democrats, as much as it's Republicans vs. Republicans.


Fact-Checking Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City Speech

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Some quick fact-checking on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City speech.

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Wal-Mart Donates To NYC Food Bank, Critics Throw Tomatoes

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

As Wal-Mart explores opening stores in the five boroughs, its foundation announced it will donate nearly $383,000 to the Food Bank for New York City. 

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Wal-Mart Opponents Out of Date

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wal-Mart has no lack of opponents in New York City as the retailing giant looks to open stores here.


New Yorkers! Meet the Candidate, Wal-Mart

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The midterm elections are over and the 2012 campaign for President has not officially started, but in New York City, a campaign of a different sort is already underway.

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Wal-Mart and the "Mysterious" Petition

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wal-Mart is seeking signatures from New York City residents in support of its efforts to open stores in the five boroughs. 

“The petition drive is an extension of our social media efforts,” wrote Robert Barletta with The Marino Organization, a public relations firm working with Wal-Mart.


This Week's Agenda: China, Health Care, Economy

Monday, January 17, 2011

China's President Hu Jintao is heading to the United States this week and will meet with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Marcus Mabry, associate national editor for The New York Times, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, discuss what they expect to come out of this meeting between the leaders of two of the most powerful countries in the world.


Wal-Mart Takes Aim at Critics as Opponents Prep for (Delayed) Hearing

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The back-and-forth between Wal-Mart and its opponents heated up in the days before a city council hearing to examine the retailer. But due to the pending snowstorm expected to blanket the city on Wednesday, the council postponed the hearing until Feb. 3.

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When Wal-Mart Comes To Town

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wal-Mart has over 4,000 stores across the country, but none of them are in New York City. The company has tried unsuccessfully to open stores before in the region, but is now making a concerted effort to secure locations in all five boroughs.

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Drop in Unemployment Rate: Good News, But...

Friday, January 07, 2011

The jobs report for December is out with some good news: The unemployment rate is down to 9.4 percent, hitting the lowest it's been since May, 2009. However, the number of jobs created, 103,000 in December, came in lower than expected. Economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, Charlie Herman explains.