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Opinion: Why Obama and Romney Should be Worried about Shrinking Work Force

Monday, May 07, 2012

Looking at these numbers gives us a sense of the "Big Picture” of unemployment, and cements the idea that jobs will continue to be a crucial factor in U.S. elections for many years to come.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Undercover Employee

Friday, March 11, 2011

Contributing editor David A Kaplan talks about his recent article where he chronicles a day on the job at three of Fortune Magazine's Best Companies.

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The Takeaway

Obama's economic recovery plan spurs debate

Monday, January 12, 2009

President-elect Obama's ambitious and optimistic recovery plan has both cheerleaders and critics. We're looking at the plan from both sides. The Takeaway talks to Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute and former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, and James Galbraith, professor and economist at the University of Texas, Austin and author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too, about their take on the economic stimulus plan.

"If Americans have the money in their pockets they can spend it faster than Uncle Sam, they can spend it right away, they can make better use of it."
— Diana Furchtgott-Roth on how to craft a better stimulus plan

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Bailout and stimulus plans in U.S. and U.K.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Faced with the same economic crisis currently gripping the rest of the globe, Britain has unveiled an economic stimulus plan of its own, with some striking similarities and differences compared to the American plan. The U.K. package offers cuts in the sales tax to spur spending among middle and low-income earners and raises the tax rate on the wealthy. The Takeaway also examines the short and long-term implications of President-elect Obama's recently-announced stimulus plan.

"The banks have gotten quite a bailout so far and still been unable to lend."

— Jim Ellis

"It's like a horror film where you're in the car, you're turning the ignition key and the beast is bearing down. You've got to get that engine started."

— Paddy O'Connell on kick-starting the economy

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Obama pushes Bush for carmaker aid

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Where (and how) you'll find jobs under a president Obama

Monday, November 10, 2008

"You could walk through any store in Manhattan right now and you could bowl down the main aisle. There aren't any people." — Financial consultant Alvin Hall

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Auto bailout and jobs

Monday, November 10, 2008

"One job in Detroit will affect seven more in the economy." — Micheline Maynard, The New York Times

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Unemployment

Friday, November 07, 2008

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Jobs numbers

Friday, November 07, 2008

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Jobs for politicos

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The 2008 campaign season has come to an end and one thing that means is lots and lots of out-of-work politicos scrambling to find new gigs. Some of the winners will be headed to Washington, but for many, it's time to dive back into what's become an extremely competitive job market.
UPDATE: Marci Alboher wrote up a post on her blog, listing some points she didn't get to on air: http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/06/politicos-scramble-for-new-jobs-like-so-many-other-americans/

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Affirmative Action

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Takeaway continues its series on hot-button ballot initiatives that are making headlines around the country. In Nebraska, Initiative 424 could ban affirmative action in state government and universities. It's an initiative gaining traction throughout the country largely because of the efforts of one man.

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Unemployment

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Looking for work will be a challenging prospect in the coming months as the nation grapples with a wilting economy. Eric Janszen, president of iTulip Inc. and a former venture capitalist, joins The Takeaway to discuss the plight and repercussions of unemployment.

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The Takeaway

Immigration raid

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hasidic Rabbi Aaron Rubashkin expanded his family's Brooklyn butcher shop into the largest kosher meat plant in the nation. The underside of his success was revealed this spring after an immigration raid at his Iowa plant, including violations of child labor laws.

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Economic numbers

Thursday, October 23, 2008

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Economic Week Ahead

Monday, October 20, 2008

Last week's whipsawing stock market and steady march of gloomy economic indicators were enough to make anyone's head spin. BusinessWeek's Jim Ellis helps The Takeaway start off the week with a clear sense of just where the economy is going, and what it's likely to mean for our everyday lives.

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Despite disagreement over terms, many see that 'recession' has arrived

Friday, October 17, 2008

The stock market fluctuations are only the beginning of the recession story. Bob Brusca, Chief Economist with Fact & Opinion Economics, untangles the recession web of weak retail sales, weak industrial output and growing unemployment.

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The Takeaway

A bull market for religion

Monday, October 13, 2008

The economy is down, but attendance at religious services is up. One block from Wall Street in lower Manhattan, Trinity Church is offering counseling on dealing with stress and looking for a new job.

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North Dakota Oil Diary: "It's always scary, until you get used to it"

Thursday, October 09, 2008

In my previous post about North Dakota's Bakken oil fields, I included a conversation with two young waitresses about their journey from opposite sides of the country to almost the dead northern middle. The girls had left their homes on the coasts with their boyfriends, searching for work in what they had heard was the beginning of an all-out oil boom.
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Consumer spending is the latest victim of the financial crisis

Monday, October 06, 2008

Reverberations from the financial crisis are being felt all across the country — particularly in places where people normally spend their money. Auto dealers, restaurant, store and hotel managers, and even casino owners, are all reporting fewer customers and reduced spending.

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The Takeaway

What to expect when the credit crisis hits Main Street, part 2

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The bailout has failed…for now. The markets are tumbling and then jumping up again. It’s harder than ever to get a mortgage, to get credit, to get a car loan. We all know where Wall Street is turning for help. But where should Main Street look for advice? The Takeaway continues the conversation with Harriet Johnson Brackey, personal finance columnist for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

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