• January 6, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A jobs sign hangs above the entrance to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images. By Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell Friday’s unemployment figures are positive all around: The official unemployment number dipped … Continue reading

  • January 6, 2012  

    A surge in December hiring pushed the nation’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, the lowest it’s been in three years. Jeffrey Brown discusses the meaning of the most recent jobs report with Mesirow Financial’s Diane Swonk and Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo. Continue reading

  • December 29, 2011  

    From the jobless rate to a discouraging housing market and an aggravated lot of indebted college graduates, the year’s defining economic stories kept a downbeat theme. Ray Suarez discusses 2011’s economic impact with The Atlantic’s Don Peck, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annette Lareau and The Chicago Sun-Times’ Terry Savage. Continue reading

  • December 9, 2011  

    How do feelings about ideology and economic inequality affect a person’s happiness? As part of his reporting of Making Sen$e of financial news, economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the connection and asks some liberals at Occupy DC and conservatives at the American Enterprise Institute to grade their own happiness. Continue reading

  • December 2, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images. Editor’s note, 11:22 am EST: all figures have been checked and confirmed against the now-available BLS data. It seems we aren’t the only ones hanging on every number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this … Continue reading

  • December 2, 2011  

    The November unemployment report came out Friday, and it showed new job creation and a surprising drop in unemployment. However, the outlook remains bleak for many job seekers. Jeffrey Brown discusses the latest numbers with Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial and Carl Van Horn of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Continue reading

  • December 2, 2011  

    Republicans have been saying that businesses aren’t hiring because of uncertainty about regulation, the cost of health insurance and the cost of borrowing money. As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman traveled to Tennessee to see if companies are creating more paying jobs in the Volunteer State. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2011  

    In other news Tuesday, Turkey put new pressure on Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step down. In a speech, Prime Minister Erdogan called for Assad to resign for the first time. Also, Taliban leaders in Pakistan have declared a nationwide ceasefire to open peace talks with the country’s government. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2011  

    The Kauffman Foundation, which studies entrepreneurship, recently found that startups create about 3 million new jobs a year. Hari Sreenivasan reports on efforts to nurture promising companies and bring them to market faster. Continue reading

  • November 11, 2011  

    President Obama declared that the “tide of war is receding” at a ceremony honoring the nation’s veterans on Friday, as the military prepares to leave Iraq and begin winding down combat operations in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading