• September 2, 2011  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks weigh in on the week’s top political news, including the bleak August jobs report, what President Obama needs to say in his prime-time speech on job creation and who should foot the bill for relief efforts after disasters such as Hurricane Irene. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2011  

    Stocks in the United States were the last domino to fall in a series of global market sell-offs on Thursday, driven by a barrage of bad economic data, including a rise in new U.S. claims for unemployment benefits. Ray Suarez reports on the latest market woes in the United States and abroad. Continue reading

  • August 16, 2011    

    With the eurozone in such obvious economic turmoil, we turn to former chief IMF economist and longtime friend and favorite of Making Sen$e, Simon Johnson (Peterson Institute, MIT). We asked him a series of pressing questions: Paul Solman: Is the … Continue reading

  • July 26, 2011  

    As the economy struggles to rebound, a new analysis of Census data shows a widening wealth gap among white, black and Hispanic Americans. Gwen Ifill discusses the results of a new study with the Pew Research Center’s Paul Taylor and Howard University’s Roderick Harrison. Continue reading

  • July 13, 2011   BY  

    Editor’s Note: On Wednesday’s program, a look at an improbable Rust Belt success story. With a guaranteed no-layoff policy and average pay of almost $70,000 this year, Lincoln Electric is atypical of U.S. companies. We last visited the Cleveland, Ohio … Continue reading

  • July 13, 2011  

    Economics correspondent Paul Solman revisits Lincoln Electric, a welding manufacturing company based outside Cleveland, Ohio. Through its use of merit-based profit-sharing and a no-layoff policy, the firm is an unlikely Rust Belt success story that hasn’t laid off anyone for financial reasons since World War II. Continue reading

  • March 7, 2011    

    February’s 192,000 net new jobs breaks down into 222,000 jobs added in the private sector, 30,000 jobs dropped by government. This provides evidence for one side of the economic policy debate of the moment, you could even say “of our … Continue reading

  • March 4, 2011    

    The unemployment numbers for February are in and though economist Peter Morici says ” Don’t Break Out the Champagne Just Yet,” the data are encouraging. There are two separate surveys, remember – of “establishments” (places that employ folks) and “households” … Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011  

    January unemployment numbers sent mixed signals for economic recovery. The jobless rate dipped to 9 percent, but a survey of businesses found only a net gain of 36,000 jobs last month. Jeffrey Brown assesses those numbers with New York Times economic reporter David Leonhardt. Continue reading

  • January 3, 2011  

    In a follow-up to his report last month on the unforgiving job market for recent college grads, Paul Solman looks at graduates who’ve already been out of school for several years and are still struggling to find employment in their areas of interest. It’s part of his ongoing series of reports on Making Sen$e of financial news. Continue reading