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Week Ahead: AT&T, Libya and Japan and Housing

Monday, March 21, 2011

With the president traveling in Latin America and Congress on recess, there's no one issue driving the economic agenda and markets this week. As a result, investors will be pay close attention to the allies' air assault in Libya as well as other developments in the Middle East and what they mean for oil production and prices.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Impact of Japan Crisis on US Economy

Thursday, March 17, 2011

General Motors said it will close a factory in Louisiana because of lack of parts from earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan. We'll also talk about the ramifications for the U.S. economy.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Unemployment Rises Slighty in New York

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The jobless rate in New York State and New York City increased in January, even as jobs were created. We'll talk about the latest jobs numbers.

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WNYC News

Slight Rise in Unemployment for City, State

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New jobs figures for January indicate the state's unemployment rate rose slightly from the month before, from 8.2 to 8.3 percent.

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It's A Free Country ®

Krugman on Labor, Debt, and the GOP's 'Magic Asterisk'

Friday, March 04, 2011

Remember how many schools and bridges and other things we have now were in fact built during the 1930s, done by the WPA. We could have been doing useful stuff. We had a lot of workers sitting idle when they could have been producing stuff that would actually make us richer in the long run. The weakness of the economy is the single biggest reason why we have deficits; it's not government spending. Spending has actually grown less since the recession hit than it did in the years prior to the recession.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, talking about the fate of the economic recovery on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Unemployment Drops to 8.9%

Friday, March 04, 2011

The U.S. economy added a net 192,000 jobs in February, according to the latest Labor Department figures out Friday. The unemployment rate is now at 8.9 percent — the first time that figure has dropped below nine percent in nearly two years. Takeaway and WNYC economics editor, Charlie Herman and The Wall Street Journal's Kelly Evans look at the numbers.

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WNYC News

Advisor to Jobless Reveals Secrets to Finding Employment

Friday, March 04, 2011

Even as the unemployment rate in New York City drops to 8.9 percent, the New York State labor counselor — who is tasked with helping those on unemployment find work — said his job isn't getting any easier.

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The Takeaway

Florida Rejects President's High Speed Rail Plan

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has said thanks — but no thanks — to $2 billion in federal funds that were meant to create a high speed line between Orlando and Tampa. Joining us to talk about the implications of this setback for the Obama administration's rail plan is Andrea Bernstein, Director of Transportation Nation, a public radio project produced by our flagship station WNYC Radio says this was the marquee project for the Obama administration's plans for high speed rail.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jobs Numbers

Monday, February 07, 2011

Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, discusses the Department of Labor's new jobs report released last Friday.

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Low job numbers and High oil prices; Gov. Cuomo's budget and the latest Bernie Madoff News

Friday, February 04, 2011

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Call it the head-scratcher. January's employment report, showing anemic job growth, surprised and dismayed almost everyone, including Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers:

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The Takeaway

High Food Prices and Unemployment Fuel Uprisings in the Middle East

Friday, February 04, 2011

This week we’ve been covering the rise in oil prices during the unrest in Egypt. Yesterday anxiety in the region sent the price of a barrel of oil above $100. Additionally, the combination of high global food prices and high unemployment is making the prospect of these countries returning to some sense of normalcy seem untenable in the near future.

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It's A Free Country ®

Where We Stand: The State of Our Union

Friday, January 21, 2011

As President Obama gets ready to address the country on the State of the Union on Tuesday, here at It’s A Free Country we thought we ought to do our own check-in, so here are some stats on where we stand. 

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WNYC News

Fact-Checking Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City Speech

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Some quick fact-checking on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City speech.

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Dallas Penn Can Save America

Friday, January 14, 2011

The unsettling thing I noticed last year during all the backslapping at the "Rally to Restore Honor," and all the laughter at the "Rally to Restore Sanity," was how many people in America are clearly insane.

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WNYC News

Unemployment Drops But Economy Adds Fewer Jobs Than Forecast

Friday, January 07, 2011

Chalk up the December jobs report as another “good, but” story that has come to dominate the theme of economic stories over the past year.

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The Takeaway

Economists See Growth with Unemployment Report

Friday, January 07, 2011

The Labor Department is expected to release December unemployment numbers this morning. And there are rumors the president may also announce a new chief economic adviser to replace Lawrence Summers. Unemployment is likely to remain hovering around 10 percent, but the report is expected to show positive growth from a moth ago when unemployment rose to 9.8 percent from 9.6 percent. And last week, the new claims for jobless benefits increased, while the average number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance declined — a sign of a recovering economy.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Describe A Tumultuous Economic Year

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was, and what they foresee in the year ahead. Today, we discuss the economy. According to some financial reporters and analysts, the economy is on a slow, gradual upswing. But is this upswing something non-analysts are feeling?

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The Takeaway

Does Debt Discrimination Infringe On Your Civil Liberties?

Monday, December 27, 2010

We come back to an ongoing conversation as regards debt and unemployment in America. Last week we spoke with Takeaway and WDET listener Christine Tobin, from southeast Michigan. She told us she believes she was turned down for a job because her credit check came back with a prior bankruptcy.

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The Takeaway

Rating vs. Resume: Can Bad Credit Kill Your Job Prospects?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

We reported yesterday on a lawsuit brought against test-prep giant Kaplan by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who accused the company of discriminating against African-American job applicants by using credit histories in their hiring processes. As it turns out, Kaplan is hardly the only company to do so. According to Takeaway listener Christina Tobin, her bankruptcy filing report has overshadowed her new accounting degree in her job hunt.

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The Takeaway

Kaplan Accused of Discriminatory Hiring Practices with Credit Checks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lenders typically ask to access someone's credit scores in order to see what kind of loans they have paid back in the past. Agreeing to a credit check has become an expected part of preparing to lease a car, buy a house or rent an apartment. But did you know a potential employer may also check your credit score before you get hired?

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