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More Jobs, Less Inflation Drive Down 'Misery' — So Where's The Joy?

Saturday, March 07, 2015

With unemployment dropping, the "misery index" is at its lowest level in more than 50 years. So why aren't Americans feeling cheerful? Economists say meager wages and big debts are still problems.

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All Things Considered

Part-Time Workers Struggle With Full-Time Juggling Act

Friday, March 06, 2015

By the numbers, February was a good month for job creation. But while there is plenty of hiring, there are still many part-timers who want more work and struggle to balance the jobs they do have.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs in February

Friday, March 06, 2015

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February 2015—the job gain pushed down the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent.

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Federal Rule To Extend Medical Leave To Same-Sex Spouses In All States

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Labor Department rule guarantees legally married same-sex spouses can take unpaid time off to care for one another or sick relative, even in states thatdon't recognize the marriage.

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Apple To Replace AT&T In Dow Jones Industrial Average

Friday, March 06, 2015

The tech giant will replace the telecoms giant after the close of trading March 18. The change, effective March 19, was prompted by stock splits announced by Apple and Visa.

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TED Radio Hour

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Our lives are, in part, governed by algorithms. Professor Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

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WNYC News

U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs in February

Friday, March 06, 2015

 The strong report beat economists' expectations. But there is one troubling trend: wage growth remains sluggish.

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Nearly 300K New Jobs In February; Unemployment Dips To 5.5 Percent

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Labor Department's latest report follows an especially robust survey for January that showed a gain of about 240,000 jobs.

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Morning Edition

Economy Adds Almost 300K Jobs, Amid Another Strong Report

Friday, March 06, 2015

February's report showed 295,000 jobs added, and a drop in the unemployment rate, down to 5.5. percent. It follows on the heels of January's strong report, which showed strong wage gains.

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WNYC News

Taxpayer Subsidy Allows Time Inc. To Slash Jobs

Friday, March 06, 2015

A $7 million state grant kept the publisher of Time and Sports Illustrated from moving to New Jersey. But Time can still cut nearly a third of its workforce.

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Morning Edition

Boston Economy Will Escape Big Freeze Of Historic Snowstorms

Friday, March 06, 2015

New England businesses are taking stock after weeks of record-setting winter storms disrupted transportation, stopping many workers from doing their jobs. Telecommuting is helping Boston get by.

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Morning Edition

As Economy Improves, Wages Remain Stagnant

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Monthly jobless data is released Friday. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

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All Things Considered

Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Oil companies hope to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Washington. Proponents say it will bring economic growth, but others fear it could mean fiery accidents.

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Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. But most of the wine was sold cheaply, in bulk.

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Morning Edition

States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime.

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Morning Edition

In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.

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All Things Considered

Increase In Subprime Car Loans Could Lead To Trouble

Monday, March 02, 2015

When it comes to buying cars, there has been a growth in lending to people with sub-prime credit. Lenders are also extending loan terms. But both could be signs of danger.

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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

Monday, March 02, 2015

Shelling out dough at the grocery store can often feel painful. But Americans on average actually spend far less on food relative to their income than they did 50 years ago.

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Wages And Prices: A Welcome Breakup

Monday, March 02, 2015

A Commerce Department report shows paychecks are fatter, prices are leaner and Americans are saving more. Meanwhile, prices fell by 0.5 percent. That's helping consumers on the rebound from recession.

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Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

Monday, March 02, 2015

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, closing above the 5,000 mark Monday.

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