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What Every Good Waitress and Doctor Has In Common

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

There is a specific set of cognitive skills that every successful worker in America has, regardless of whether he or she waits tables or performs heart surgery. Dr. Mike Rose has narrowed down those skills in his book, "The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker."

 

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Watching Unemployment Move Across the Map

Friday, January 08, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department will release current employment numbers later this morning.  Slate associate Editor Chris Wilson has put together an interactive map that shows the nation's transformation over the past two years, as big job gains turned into painful job losses.  We take a look at two intriguing areas of the country: the first is South Florida, where Ned Murray, associate director of the Florida International University Metropolitan Center, blames the housing bubble's burst, amongst other things, for the ballooning unemployment over the past two years there.  The other area we will focus on is Riley County, Kansas, where they've actually seen job gains, unlike most of the rest of the country. In January of 2007 they had seen 807 more jobs than the year before; and in October of 2009, they saw 10,927 jobs gained. Michael Kearns, Riley County commissioner, attributes the growth of Fort Riley as a key factor in Riley's success.

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Takeouts: Congress & Security, Unemployment, College Football

Monday, January 04, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: When the President and Congress finish up their winter vacations, they will return home to a very different national security landscape.  Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins the show to explain how lawmakers are going to have to play catchup to an evolving war on terror.
  • Jobs Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter with our partners at The New York Times, discusses an unmployment report due out later this week that is expected to show a drop in job losses last month.
  • Sports Takeout: Nando DiFino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, reviews the weekend's college football bowl games and previews Monday night's "Tostitos Fiesta Bowl" between Boise State and TCU.

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Houses of Worship Offer Career Counseling

Monday, December 28, 2009

With a 10 percent unemployment rate, you might need to pray to get a job in this economy … literally. Many Americans are now turning to their houses of worship for help finding jobs. We talk with Rabbi Rolando Matalon about the career services being offered at his synagogue, B'nai Jeshurun, in New York City.

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Unemployment's Costs, Fiscal and Emotional

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unemployment devastates both the financial and emotional lives of many Americans, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. More than half the nation's jobless have borrowed money from friends and relatives and have cut back on medical care. Almost half say they have suffered from depression or anxiety. We speak with Andrew Stettner, deputy director of the National Employment Law Project; and with Kevin Roach, executive director of the South Oakland Homeless Shelter in Royal Oak, Michigan. We also check in with James Foresteire, who has been homeless and living at the Bowery Mission for the past six months.

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Takeouts: Jobs Numbers, Listeners on Retooling

Friday, December 04, 2009

  • Jobs Takeout: The U.S. economy shed 11,000 jobs in November, which is a much lower number than people expected.  Dan Gross, Newsweek columnist, joins us to unpack the statistics.
  • Listeners' Takeouts: Listeners have written and called in about what changes they've undertaken to keep themselves employed.

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Unemployment Numbers Lower Than Expected

Friday, December 04, 2009

We talk with our friend, University of Maryland economist and business professor Peter Morici, about what this morning's slightly-reduced unemployment numbers say about the state of the economy.

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Overhauling States' Stretched Unemployment Funds

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release November's unemployment numbers this morning; most observers expect unemployment to rise once again. Millions of Americans are either un- or under-employed, and many are making ends meet with unemployment checks. Some of the state unemployment funds paying those checks, however, are going bone dry. Carl Guzzardi, tax director for the Connecticut labor department, says the state is having to borrow billions of dollars. The Ford Foundation is helping many states overhaul their unemployment systems; Director of Quality Employment Helen Neuborne joins us to describe their efforts. And Georgia's Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond, discusses Georgia's attempts to overhaul their unemployment system.

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President to Visit Allentown's Main Street

Friday, December 04, 2009

President Obama is making Allentown, PA, the first city to visit after yesterday's White House jobs summit. Our guest, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, attended the jobs summit and is trying to figure out the best ways to remedy high unemployment in his city and the country. Mike Fegley is the marketing director of his family-owned restaurant, Allentown Brew Works; he gives us a read on Allentown's morale and hopes the President stops by for a drink and a bite to eat.

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Jobs Summits in DC, Cincinnati and On-Air

Thursday, December 03, 2009

On the eve of the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s release of employment numbers for November, President Obama will host 130 business leaders at the White House today for a "Jobs Summit." The President's summit will include a meeting of the minds between CEOs of large corporations and small business owners; economists, labor union leaders and non-profit groups. Newt Gingrich, in response to the president's summit, announced yesterday that he will hold his own meeting, deeming it the "Real Jobs Summit." So with all the summits, we at The Takeaway decided to hold our own, including Dan Gross, senior editor at Newsweek; Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley in Troy, Mich. (Rogers will be attending President Obama's summit later today); and Dave Thompson, news director for Prairie Public Radio in North Dakota, where unemployment numbers are at a nationwide low.

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This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Nick Childs

Monday, November 30, 2009

Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Nick Childs, defense and security correspondent for the BBC, take a look at what's ahead once President Obama announces his decision on troop levels for Afghanistan. They'll also examine what's ahead for health care as the Senate starts debate on their hotly contested reform bill; what Dubai's financial situation means for the rest of the world; and whether a "jobs summit" could cure our rising unemployment.

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African Americans See Higher Unemployment Rates

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The United States' average unemployment rate is 10.2%. But that average conceals a wide range of very real statistics for different groups of people currently out of work. For African Americans, joblessness rates are much higher than the average – more than 15% nationwide. This week, the N.A.A.C.P. and a host of other groups called on President Obama to do more to create jobs. We speak with Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy for the N.A.A.C.P., and Amanda Cox, a graphics editor at The New York Times, whose recent project explored U.S. unemployment data by race, gender, age and education levels. We also speak with Takeaway listener Francine Morin, who rang us some months ago on her way to a job interview and now, at last, has a job.

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Why You Should Consider a New Job, Despite Tough Times

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

With unemployment above 10 percent, it's harder to find a job now than it has been in decades. So it might seem strange to say you should consider looking for something new ... but that’s the advice of two work experts we speak to today. Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner and Lauren McDonald, a recruiter at Intuition Co-Op, tell us why staying in a job too long can be a bad plan for the long term.

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Is Fired the New Retired?

Friday, November 06, 2009

The latest unemployment numbers are out, and as expected they rose. The unemployment rate is now at 10.2 percent, and 190,000 jobs were lost in October. The numbers are surprising and reveal that the recovery on Wall Street is not reaching most of America. But buried in those data are startling numbers of older workers who are being hit hard by the rise in unemployment. Louise Story, business reporter for the The New York Times, brings us the story. The Takeaway's correspondent Femi Oke went to the New York State Labor Office yesterday to talk to older workers among the job hunters there.

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Takeouts: Yanks Victory, Unemployment Aid, Stimulus Jobs

Thursday, November 05, 2009

  • Sports Takeout: The Yankees did it! The Bronx Bombers ended their nine-year dry spell with a big win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, our sports correspondent, joins us with the highlights (and he'll try not to gloat too much).
  • Washington Takeout: The U.S. Senate is extending aid to hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans. Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains that the only thing delaying this assistance was political gridlock.
  • Business Takeout: We take a closer look at President Obama's estimate of how many jobs have been created by the stimulus package so far. As Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, explains, there are some curious calculations behind the administration's numbers.

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This Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Adam Mynott

Monday, November 02, 2009

Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Adam Mynott, from the BBC, join us to take a look at the consequences of Abdullah Abdullah pulling out of the just-cancelled run-off elections in Afghanistan. Also on the agenda: the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis, and October's employment numbers, due out later this week from the Labor Department.

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Is the Recession Over If Nobody Can Tell?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Unemployment is rising, and the job market is painfully lean — but, hey, did you know the recession is over? GDP numbers out this morning say the economy is officially rebounding. We talk to Duke University economist Mike Munger about why a bad job market may actually be boosting company profits. We also speak with Rick Holguin, owner of the recruitment firm Latinos for Hire, and Rhoda Quick, who was recently laid off from her job as a legal assistant in Minneapolis. (A tip of the hat to MPR News' Bob Collins, who originally interviewed Quick back in August.)

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Economic Woes Spark Riots in Detroit

Friday, October 09, 2009

Riots broke out in Detroit this week, when tens of thousands of residents lined up to apply for federal help to pay their rent, mortgages and utilities. We'll hear from the former police commander of the precinct where the mayhem happened, Gary Brown, who is running for the Detroit City Council, and Cheryl Johnson, CEO of the Coalition for Temporary Shelter, who was also on the scene. We'll also hear from Andrew Stettner, a deputy director for the National Employment Law Project, to see how this incident fits into the national economic picture.

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Jobs Numbers Don't Count Discouraged Seekers

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Unemployment numbers last week showed the U.S. jobless rate at 9.7 percent: the highest since 1983. This number may be misleadingly low, however; the official unemployment rate counts only those who are actively looking for work, not those who have given up on the job search. When positive economic signs tempt those folks back into the job market, the official unemployment rate could actually go up. Louise Story is a Wall Street and finance reporter for our partners The New York Times -- she joins us to tell us more.

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Economy Hits Older Workers Hard

Monday, August 10, 2009

14.5 million Americans are out of work due to the worst recession since the Great Depression. All age groups are feeling the pain of the recession, but for 44-55 year olds, it's even harder. Beth Kobliner, Takeaway work-life Contributor and author of the bestseller, "Get a Financial Life" talks to us, along with Susan Price, who is 49, unemployed and looking for work.

I tried to remove some of the age indicators from my resume...I definitely updated my resume to reflect the newness of the MBA and tried to play down some of the other dates.
—Susan Price, 49 year old laid-off professional trying to find a job

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