Economy

 
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  Certifiably employable

Rick Karr recently visited Seattle to look at a program designed to give the unemployed the skills they need to find jobs in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

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  Interview: Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris

Seth Harris, acting Secretary of Labor on the challenges of our new economy.

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Ask the experts: Unemployment

We’ve asked two experts to examine the causes of American unemployment and explain how we might fix some of the issues associated with it.

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The significance of May Day

On May 1, 1886, approximately 35,000 workers walked off their jobs, demanding the standardization of eight-hour workdays. Many labor historians point to this day in U.S. history as the inception of International Worker’s Day, more commonly referred to as May Day.

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  Need to Know: May 3, 2013: Retraining America

Rick Karr travels to the state of Washington to report on The National STEM Consortium – a program designed to target this type of structural unemployment by improving the scientific, technical and mathematical know-how of American workers.

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  Need to Know: April 19, 2013: Mississippi Savings

A program designed to help low-income, mostly African-American children save for college – and teach them about banking and money along the way.

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  American Voices: Dan Ariely

For many people, saving money isn’t just difficult; it’s a foreign concept. A recent study found that 58% of Americans do not have a formal retirement plan in place.¹ Why is even thinking about saving money so daunting to so many of us? We spoke with Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at [...]

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The European debt crisis

How might Europe’s spiraling debt crisis affect the U.S. and its stalled economic recovery? To understand the potential impact, here are five things to know.

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The MLK legacy in Memphis

Playwright Katori Hall grew up in Memphis, TN., a city still haunted by the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her celebrated Broadway play, “To the Mountaintop,” starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, was a musing on King’s last night. In this web exclusive she talks about the lasting legacy of Dr. [...]