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John Ydstie

John Ydstie appears in the following:

In March Jobs Report, Market Awakens From A Winter Swoon

Friday, April 04, 2014

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to data released this morning. The unemployment rate refused to budge, though, holding steady at 6.7 percent.

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March Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.7 Percent

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which is seen as a sign that the economy is rebounding. The unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent.

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Beyond The Fog Of Spin And Doubt: What Has ACA Achieved?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has made it possible for millions of Americans to obtain health insurance โ€” but how successful has the law been in reforming the health care system?

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Senate Committee To Consider Fischer For Fed's No. 2 Spot

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stanley Fischer, President Obama's choice to be the Federal Reserve's vice chairman, is on Capitol Hill Thursday for a confirmation hearing .

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Health Care Law Helps Entrepreneurs Quit Their Day Jobs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Employer-provided health care can deter people from leaving their jobs to start their own businesses. Analysts say Obamacare could alleviate so-called entrepreneur lock.

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February Jobs Numbers Give Some Economists Reason To Smile

Friday, March 07, 2014

The February jobs report was better than expected, as employers added 175,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent, though, as people who'd given up on finding work were drawn back.

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February Job Growth Beats Expectations; Jobless Rate Ticks Up

Friday, March 07, 2014

The harsh winter weather's impact on job growth in February was less than expected, as U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month. The unemployment rate edged up to 6.7 percent.

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Weather Expected To Effect February Jobs Report

Friday, March 07, 2014

Did the harsh winter hold down job creation last month? Or did employers brush away the snow and prepare for spring with a new round of hiring? The unemployment report is out on Friday.

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CBO Assesses Affordable Care Act's Economic Effects

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office predicts the Affordable Care Act will create incentives for millions of workers to cut back on their hours, or even retire early. That could drag down the economy.

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Mixed Messages On Cancelled Health Plans Leave Consumers Confused

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Millions of Americans are trying to figure what to do now that their health insurance policies have been cancelled. The policies were cancelled because they didn't comply with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The president now says insurers who offered substandard policies can continue offering them for one more year. But most insurance companies are still figuring what to do, so it's very difficult for individuals to get reliable information, let alone make a decision.

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Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.3 Percent

Friday, November 08, 2013

Employers added 204,000 jobs to payrolls in October. The jobless rate edged up a bit, but that was likely a temporary phenomenon caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government. For more, Renee Montagne talks with NPR's John Ydstie.

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How The Affordable Care Act Pays For Insurance Subsidies

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The health care law is helping low- and middle-income Americans pay for their insurance. Where does that money come from? In part, it is a matter of the well-off helping pay for those who have less. But that's not the full answer.

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Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

President Obama repeatedly said that anyone who likes their current health insurance policy would be able to keep it. But insurers have sent hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices to people who buy their own coverage โ€” and some of them face significantly higher costs to get new policies under the Affordable Care Act.

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For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers

Friday, October 25, 2013

Relatively few people have enrolled in new health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act exchanges launched this month. But some health care experts say it's early days yet โ€” and that getting the right proportion of healthy, young new enrollees is just as important as how quickly people sign up.

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Five Years Later, Lehman Brothers Fall Still Stings

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sept. 15 is the anniversary of collapse of Lehman Brothers, which many see as a watershed moment in the financial crisis. We look back at a time when fear and uncertainty gripped financial markets and policymakers around the world and drove the world economy into the Great Recession.

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Fed Watches Friday's Jobless Data For Signs To End Stimulus

Friday, September 06, 2013

The jobless rate dipped to 7.3 percent in August as 169,000 jobs were added to public and private payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated. This report has taken on special significance because it could affect the Federal Reserve's plan to begin phasing out its bond-buying program.

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Threat Of U.S. Strike In Syria Drives Up Oil Prices

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crude oil prices are up about 20 percent over the past two months. On Tuesday, the price of the U.S. benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, hit $109. Events in Syria are driving the price spike. Syria doesn't produce much oil, but there is great concern that the conflict there might spill over and involve other Persian Gulf nations such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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Is Government's Renewed Push On Mortgage Fraud Too Late?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are federal prosecutors gearing up to file more big mortgage fraud cases? Bank of America was targeted recently, and JPMorgan Chase has disclosed that it is under investigation. Now that banks have returned to profitability, regulators may be more willing to take action. But time may be running out in some cases.

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3 Years Later, There's Still Work Left To Be Done On Dodd-Frank

Monday, August 19, 2013

On Monday, President Obama summoned top financial regulators to the White House to get an update on the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. The legislation was passed in the wake of the financial crisis and is a sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial regulations. But three years after being signed into law, much of Dodd-Frank still isn't in place. Such is the difficulty of re-writing financial rules.

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Fears Of A Diminished Stimulus Send Stock Market Falling

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Some good news on the jobs front sent the stock market down sharply on Thursday morning. Wall Street is worried the Federal Reserve will soon start to phase-out the stimulus its been providing. The positive jobs news makes that phase-out more likely.

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