Charlie Herman

Business and Economics Editor

Charlie Herman appears in the following:

Wal-Mart Opponents Out of Date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.


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.


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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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...

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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.


Unemployment Drops But Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Forecast

Friday, January 07, 2011

Chalk up the December jobs report as another “good, but” story that has come to dominate the theme of economic stories over the past year.


This Week's Agenda: The New Congress, Health Care, Unemployment

Monday, January 03, 2011

The 112th Congress begins this week, and with the House under Republican control while Democrats still hold a slim majority in the Senate, many are expecting gridlock for the next two years. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, look at what's in store for Congress in the upcoming days, weeks, and even years. They also discuss the obstacles President Obama's health care plan may face this year: Will the plan as implemented look the same in 2012 as it does today?

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This Week's Agenda: Cabinet Changes, Post-Christmas Sales and Snow, End-of-Life Planning

Monday, December 27, 2010

President Obama returns from his family holiday in Hawaii to the first major reorganization of his administration. When restructuring, does he choose a team for governing or a team for winning and campaigning for 2012? Marcus Mabry, associate editor for our partner, The New York Times, joins us to discuss. Also,major snow storms hit multiple parts of the country over the weekend; we'll find out how the weather affected post-Christmas sales, and what retailers made during the shopping craze before the big day from Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway.


Head of City Payroll Office Resigns

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The head of the office that oversees the troubled CityTime payroll system has resigned, effective December 31.

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New GDP Numbers: Improvement, Not A Christmas Miracle

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Commerce Department has revised numbers reflecting how much the economy grew last summer, moving the GDP up from 2.5 to 2.6 percent. Economists are hailing the change as good news, but not great news. Many had hoped that the growth would reach as high as 3 percent. Is this a cause to backtrack on recent optimism, or still cautious progression on the economy? Economics editor for The Takeaway Charlie Herman joins us for more on the subject. 


This Week's Agenda: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Repeal, START Agreement, Net Neutrality

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Senate voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," over the weekend. The law, enacted 17 years ago by President Bill Clinton, allowed gays to serve in the military, as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, looks at what's next for the repeal. Meanwhile, a number of economic indicators come out this week, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at the upcoming third quarter GDP numbers due out Wednesday, along with existing home sales numbers, and new home sales numbers on Thursday.

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Foreclosures Fall in November

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Foreclosure activity fell to an eight month low as fewer than 300,000 homes received a foreclosure notice in November. According to the online foreclosure tracking firm RealtyTrac, 262,339 properties received a foreclosure filing last month, a 21 percent drop from October and a 14 percent drop from a year ago. Both of these declines were the largest percent decreases since RealtyTrac began collecting foreclosure date in January of 2005.


NYC Economy Recovering But Deficits Loom for City

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New York City’s economy has recovered faster than the state and the nation, but larger than expected city deficits and the slowly recovering national economy could keep unemployment high for years to come.

According to city comptroller John Liu, businesses gained 74,000 jobs in the first 10 months of this year. Restaurants, retailers and health care companies accounted for the majority of the new jobs.


This Week's Agenda: Tax Cuts and Lame Duck Business

Monday, December 13, 2010

Many Congressional Democrats are not happy with President Obama's compromise with Republicans on extending tax cuts. House Democrats showed that by voting not to bring up the tax bill last week. Callie Crossley, host of the Callie Crossley Show on WGBH in Boston, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, look at how the Senate plans to vote today on the bill.


New York City Council Postpones Wal-Mart Hearing

Friday, December 10, 2010

Citing a committee room too small to accommodate growing interest in a hearing next week about the economic impact of Wal-Mart opening stories in New York, the New York City Council postponed the meeting until next year, when it will be held in a larger space.

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Former Obama Budget Director Orszag Joins Citigroup

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Citigroup announced Thursday that former budget director Peter Orszag has joined the bank as a vice chairman in its global banking business. 


The Agenda: Wrangling Over Tax Cuts, Euro Zone Debt

Monday, December 06, 2010

Will we or will we not see an extension to the Bush-era tax cuts? That is what we’re all waiting to see play out this week. Democrats want to return to Clinton-era taxes on the wealthy, and Republicans are holding out for preserving the status quo. But President Obama and Democrats may be backing off on their stance, as a compromise looks like it could be in the works. The Bush-era cuts would be temporarily extended to everyone, rich and poor, for two years...if unemployment benefits are extended as well.


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Unemployment Numbers Rise as Hiring Slows

Friday, December 03, 2010

Employers added only 39,000 jobs last month — a big decline from October's 172,000. Private companies created the fewest number since January. The anemic month for the labor sector pushes the national unemployment rate from 9.6 to 9.8 percent. That's 19 months of a rate over 9 percent, the longest stretch on record. What do the new numbers mean for the economy? 


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