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NYC's Culinary Schools Thriving In Hard Times

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The City's economy may have hit some rocky patches in the last few years, but enrollment at New York City’s culinary schools has seen steady growth. Many of the new students are mid-life career changers, forced out of their old professions by the crumbling economy.

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WNYC News

New Jersey Adds 10,000 Jobs But Unemployment Rate Stays the Same

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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New Jersey gained 10,000 jobs in November, but not enough to lower the state's unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

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The Takeaway

NASA and Colorado: The Start of a Beautiful Friendship?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NASA has recently agreed to partner up with the Colorado Association for Manufacturing on an effort they hope will accomplish two goals: speed up the commercial rollout of space technologies, and, more importantly in this down economy, create jobs. The two groups hope to create 10,000 jobs in Colorado over the next five years because of this agreement. As a benefit, the partnership should allow more rapid prototyping, meaning new technology products could hit the market much sooner than before — 18 months, say, instead of five years.

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The Takeaway

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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WNYC News

Unemployment Rate Climbs to 9.8 Percent as Economy Adds 39,000 Jobs

Friday, December 03, 2010

Hopes that the businesses have hired more people as the economy recovers were scuttled Friday after the government reported anemic job growth in November. The government reported this morning that the nation’s payrolls increased by on by 39,000 jobs.  Economists had been expecting an increase closer to 150,000.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Today's Jobs Report, Morning Headlines

Friday, December 03, 2010

Today the Labor Department will release job numbers for November. Unemployment is expected to stay even at 9.6 percent, making this the longest continuous stretch of high unemployment since the Great Depression. 

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The Takeaway

Giving Thanks in Tough Economic Times

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's the day before Thanksgiving, and with the nation’s unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, many Americans are facing a difficult holiday season. Lyndon Dees, a listener from Stillwater, Oklahoma, knows what tough times are like. Lyndon lost his job in August, 2009, and has yet to find a new position.

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WNYC News

New York City Added Jobs in October

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Unemployment dipped slightly in New York City last month, as all five boroughs saw job growth.

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The Takeaway

Surprisingly Sackable Offenses

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Constitution guarantees Americans freedom of speech, religion and association ... but there's no guarantee that your employer won't fire you for exercising some of these entirely legal rights. That's what Best Buy employee Brian Maupin discovered, after he was fired for posting a YouTube video making fun of Apple fans' slavish devotion to the iPhone. Employees of businesses around the country get fired every day for lesser (and in some cases, unusual) offenses.  We asked Takeaway listeners for what counted as firing offenses in their workplace, and got a wide range of responses.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: What Can Get You Fired?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yesterday we asked: What is a sackable offense at your place of work? And you gave us plenty of responses, from your own personal stories to the larger questions about getting sacked. 

On facebook, James wrote: 

Employers are enjoying their control over employees. I know of a company that is so petty, they are terminating all their long time employees and hiring newbies for less... Things are going to get worse before they get better; if they ever do!

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Transportation Nation

ProPublica: Obama Stimulus Claims "Half True:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Propublica fact-checks Obama's 60 Minutes Interview:

Obama says:

"One of the interesting things about the Recovery Act was most of the projects came in under budget, faster than expected, because there's just not a lot of work there."

Says ProPublica:

"Obama makes a valid point about this being a good time to get deals on infrastructure projects. The recession has created desperate workers willing to work cheaper, and the cost of materials is still relatively low. Obama's point that this was borne out by the stimulus projects is on target. But he stretched the facts -- at least what is actually known -- when he claimed most projects have come in under budget and faster than expected. And so we rate his claim Half True."

But whether the work is done faster and cheaper than expected, that may not address the concerns of many Americans:  did it create enough jobs?   For Obama's thoughts on that, continue reading.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Election Fall-Out: Net Neutrality, Freelancers, Space

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

We shine the spotlight on a few smaller issues that were affected significantly by the results of last Tuesday's election. Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for net neutrality; also, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today Freelancer's Union, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for freelancers; then, Tariq Malik, Managing Editor for SPACE.com, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for NASA and the American Space program.

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The Takeaway

Obama to Play Salesman-In-Chief on Visit to India

Friday, November 05, 2010

President Obama begins a lengthy trip to Asia this weekend, starting with a visit to India to talk about job creation and increasing exports. Days after Republicans had significant victories in the midterm elections, he'll arrive in Mumbai with a delegation of more than 200 businessmen and women to attend a business conference. The president may also try to make a deal with the Indian government as they revamp their military aircrafts. What kind of reception will the President and his American delegation of businessmen have there? What should their goals be

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WNYC News

US Adds 151,000 Jobs

Friday, November 05, 2010

The U.S. economy added jobs in October for the first time since last spring due to hiring in the private sector.

The private sector hired 159,000 employees last month. That is the tenth consecutive month of job gains for the nation’s businesses.  Since the start of the year, private sector employers have hired 1.1 million employees.

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The Takeaway

Jobs Report Offers Encouraging Numbers

Friday, November 05, 2010

Today the Labor Department reported 151,000 new jobs added to the economy — the most in five months. Some are saying this could be a sign that the country's financial situation is improving, and that the private sector could finally be gaining traction again. We're joined now by Wall Street Journal reporter Kelly Evans, who says it might help the labor market finally lift off. 

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Elections, Unemployment, and Asia

Monday, November 01, 2010

One day before the mid-term election and predictions are in. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, looks ahead to election day and forecasts the after-effects of its results.

Voters head to the polls tomorrow, but non-political happenings continue apace: the Fed will meet to discuss what to do about interest rates and the economy. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, doesn't see the interest rate increasing, but sees the Fed pumping more money into the economy, to try and jumpstart it.

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Transportation Nation

GM to Expand Production, Pay Back More of Bailout Money

Thursday, October 28, 2010

(From WDET—Detroit, and Transportation Nation) General Motors will build a new small Cadillac at its Lansing Grand River plant.  It will be built on the same platform as the Cadillac CTS, which was named Motor Trend’s car of the year in 2008.

Motor Trend Detroit Editor Todd Lassa says the new ATS will be designed to compete with the best small luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz C- Class and the B-M-W 3 series. “The Cadillac ATS, I think, will do well against the Mercedes C-Class.  The BMW 3 series is the car everyone wishes they could build.  Cadillac wishes it could build that," he says.

GM CEO Dan Akerson tells WDET his company will invest $190 million in the Grand River plant to make the ATS.  That will mean the addition of a second shift, creating 600 jobs.  The car is set to launch in 2012.

Bailout Payback

In other GM news, the Department of the Treasury announced they have approved the buyback of $2.1 billion in preferred stock from GM. This brings the total repayment of government bailout money up to $9.5 billion of the $49.5 billion total.

Here's the official announcement from GM and from Treasury. They are only slightly different in what they highlight.

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Transportation Nation

We're Hiring: Transportation Reporter Position Open

Friday, October 15, 2010

This position will contribute to Transportation Nation, so spread the word, or apply yourself.

WNYC News seeks Temporary Reporter to cover transportation, energy and the environment.

The WNYC newsroom is looking for an experienced reporter to cover transportation, energy and the environment from November 2010 to July 2011.

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WQXR News

Gov't. Cuts Led to Job Losses in September

Friday, October 08, 2010

The U.S. economy continues to lose jobs as the government reports Friday morning that 95,000 positions were cut from the nation’s payrolls.

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The Takeaway

Your Personal Jobs Picture

Friday, October 08, 2010

The economy lost a net total of 95,000 jobs last month, keeping the unemployment rate unchanged at 9.6 percent, as a wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector. 

The monthly Labor Department report is the final one before the November elections and comes at a time when incumbent Democrats are eager to tout an improvement in the jobs situation. While total government jobs fell by 159,000 for the month, private sector companies added just 64,000 jobs.

But these numbers don't necessarily give a complete picture of the job situation for most Americans. We've been asking for your personal jobs report and we want to continue the question: Are you more hopeful or more frustrated about your job situation?

 

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