economics

  • April 5, 2011   BY Elizabeth Shell  

    Video shot and produced by Elizabeth Shell. Returning from tours in Iraq or Afghanistan (and sometimes both), American veterans struggle to adjust to civilian life: many are still grappling with what they experienced in combat and, as we recently reported, … Continue reading

  • April 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Paul Menzel Question: I understand that it is more profitable for high-tech companies to … Continue reading

  • April 1, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    One brief comment on the jobs numbers. The net addition of 216,000 jobs, from the so-called payroll survey, is respectable. But the “household survey” reports roughly the same number of unemployed Americans: 13.5 million. You can’t tell a lot from … Continue reading

  • March 31, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note | If you’re one of the millions of Americans who filled out a college basketball national championship bracket this year, odds are you’re out of luck. ESPN reports that only two brackets out of over 5.9 million submissions … Continue reading

  • March 31, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note: On Friday’s NewsHour: an eye-opening look at the fate of many veterans attempting to transition back into a tough job market. Today, there are over two million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And despite government … Continue reading

  • March 30, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query: Name: Alex Question: Maybe it’s my background as a college instructor (and union member), but … Continue reading

  • March 30, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Name: Alex Question: Maybe it’s my background as a college instructor (and union member), but Paul Solman’s tone in his inquiry into GM workers’ wages raised my hackles. It may be that the intent was didactic — to instruct viewers … Continue reading

  • March 29, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation grew almost ten percent over the last decade — from 281.4 million in 2000 to 308.7 million in 2010. The country’s racial mix has shifted, too. The number of people that identify … Continue reading

  • March 28, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and readers about business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Dr. Gene Audette Question: Every year it’s prognostications, prognostications. But seldom do “columns” like yours … Continue reading

  • March 25, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Friday’s query: Name: Richard R. Palmer, MD Question: I hope that prior to the 25th of March … Continue reading