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The Takeaway

As Unemployment Benefits Expire, How Will the Economy Fare?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Federal unemployment benefits are set to expire by the end of the year. The benefits were extended in the wake of the recession, but they have become a statistically significant driver of the nation's economy, as the more than 14 million jobless Americans use the benefits on items like clothes and groceries. Will the expiration of the benefits have an effect on an already anemic recovery?

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A Story Develops: New Jobs Numbers and Rising Unemployment

Monday, July 11, 2011

Last Friday, the new jobs numbers set off a flood of comments from our listeners. As we evaluated what this meant for job-seekers across the country, guests, listeners and others reacted to our coverage and helped to create it.  Below, follow how the story evolved, from our first on-air segment with Dan Gross to an emotional interview from a woman looking for work, to listeners compelled to give their own story.

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: Celeste Headlee's Reaction to Today's Show

Monday, July 11, 2011

We're having fun with a new feature: quick videos with hosts after the show. In today's episode, host Celeste Headlee reacts to our coverage of the continuing battle over principle in Washington's debt ceiling talks, and the continuing struggle for America's unemployed. Are they focused on the right priorities? It's a question we've been asking listeners, and one that has generated a lot of response. 

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The Takeaway

What About the Long-Term Unemployed?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Friday produced another round of ugly job numbers as the country's unemployment rate inched up to 9.2 percent. Yet in Washington, the conversation remains fixed squarely on a compromise to raise the country's debt ceiling. Have lawmakers forgotten about the country's unemployed? And what about the "99'ers," the individuals who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits and are left with no government assistance? Where do they fit into the picture?

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The Takeaway

Weak Jobs Numbers May Hinder Recovery

Friday, July 08, 2011

Job creation came to a near standstill in the month of June. New statistics out this morning from the Department of Labor show the economy added a scant 18,000 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate up to 9.2 percent — the fewest new hires in nine months.

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The Takeaway

New Jobs Numbers Show Little Growth

Friday, July 08, 2011

New economic data from the federal government show the economy added a paltry 18,000 jobs in June, pushing the unemployment rate back to 9.2 percent. Dan Gross, columnist and finance editor for Yahoo! Finance, gives his analysis of the numbers.

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The Takeaway

This Week’s Agenda: Unemployment, the Debt Ceiling, and Political Progress?

Monday, July 04, 2011

It’s Monday morning and that means it’s time to check out what’s on the AGENDA for the week ahead. We’re joined by Todd Zwillich, Washington Correspondent for The Takeaway. And Callie Crossley, host of the Callie Crossley Show at WGBH Boston.

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The Takeaway

Workers Take Low-Paying Jobs As Unemployment Increases

Friday, June 24, 2011

How little would you work for? With unemployment here in the U-S hovering at 9.1 percent, and the global economy no better off, the folks at The Daily Beast conducted a social experiment to find out just how little money people would accept in order to do some of the most mundane jobs. How about, for example, listening to an hour of someone read Richard Nixon's old Checkers speech ... and having to count unusual words like 'quintuplet' and 'pathological'? Tom Weber, managing editor and writer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast,  joins us now.

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The Takeaway

A Story Evolves: Unemployment and Student Achievement

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ever wonder how a story on The Takeaway evolves? Our stories can start with everything from a tweet to a listener response phoned in during the morning's show, and move forward over the next hours as we interact with guests, put together radio segments, and blog on the subject at hand. This week, one of our stories began with a paper about student performance being impacted by unemployment rates. In the visual element below, you can see first hand how the story progressed, from our initial tweet and listener responses to a blog from Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner

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The Takeaway

Bad Report Card? Blame the Economy

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It’s report card season around America, the time of year when thousands of students and parents wait on pins and needles for what they hope will be good grades. But this year, some, if not many parents, may find themselves disappointed. And here’s why: student test scores tend to drop along with a community’s economy – regardless of whether their own parents have lost their jobs.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: A Look at the Latest Jobs Numbers

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New York City and state's unemployment rates stayed steady last month — at 8.6 and 7.9 percent, respectively.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Strauss-Kahn, the Economy, Presidential Hopefuls

Monday, June 06, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to return to court today to face arraignment in New York City. He is charged with raping a Manhattan hotel maid, the allegations shocked the world, especially France, where he was expected to be a strong contender for the presidency. Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show, on WGBH in Boston says "I think this story is going to capture a lot of headlines for a long time." Kelly Evans, "Ahead of the Tape" columnist for The Wall Street Journal, looks at some key economic data coming out this week that could give us a clue at how the economy is doing.

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Mayday! The Grim Jobs Report Explained

Friday, June 03, 2011

Economists call it a coordination failure, and I think that's what we're seeing now. Because employment is so weak, people don't want to spend. Because people don't want to spend, companies don't want to produce and hire. It perpetuates itself and we need to get out of it somehow.

Peter Coy,  economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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This Week's Agenda: Mladic, Unemployment, Libya

Monday, May 30, 2011

The arrest of former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic has caught the attention of most Europeans, who are waiting to see if he will be extradited to the Hague to face charges of genocide. Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large of the International Herald Tribune, the international edition of The New York Times, believes this is a test for Serbia and their commitment to the International War Crimes Tribunal.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jobs, jobs, jobs. When it comes to the economic recovery, that's what it's all about. We'll talk about how men, women, and college graduates are faring in today's jobs market.

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WNYC News

Unemployment Rate Falls in New York City

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The unemployment rate in New York state dropped slightly last month to 7.9 percent, down from 8.7 percent a year ago.

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WNYC News

City to Help Returning Vets Find Work

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New York City officials announced a new jobs program to help returning veterans find employment. City Council speaker Christine Quinn said the program will partner with the non-profit firm Seedco and the city's Workforce-One Career centers to provide job search assistance and placement.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, May 06, 2011

We'll review this week's headlines is business and economic news.

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WNYC News

Dwindling Number of Positions For Youth Mulling City's Jobs Program

Sunday, April 10, 2011

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For teens and young adults beginning to mull their summer job options, those interested in employment with the city will face stricter competition than last year.

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Stucknation: Idle Youth, The World's Ticking Time Bomb

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last December in Tunisia, 26 year-old Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze. He died from his injuries in the first week of January.

In a matter of weeks, the poignancy and despair of his personal narrative sparked a nation to rise in rebellion and throw off an autocratic ruler who had clung to power for decades thanks to U.S. patronage.ititit

 

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