Economy

 
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Hardly working: Steve Brodner on the jobs crisis

As part of Need to Know’s hour-long focus on jobs, editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner wonders why some corporations are raking in big profits, even as the unemployment crisis grips the country and puts people out of work.

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The recession’s silver lining: Young entrepreneurship

The down economy is spurring more students to take the risk of starting their own business.

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  Jobless rates in context

A look at different age groups and how their unemployment rate has moved since 1978, a time period that includes several recessions, most dramatically between mid-1981 through late-1982 and late-2007 through mid-2009.

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Generation jobless: ‘Millennials’ struggle with unemployment

As part of an hour-long focus on unemployment, Need to Know looks at two younger people, “millennials” as they’re called, who are struggling to find jobs and start their careers.

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  The young and the jobless

Don Peck talks to Need to Know about the long-term effects of unemployment among America’s millennials.

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Profiles from the recession: Riding the bus in Natchez, Miss.

A new and improved public transit system –funded with stimulus dollars — helps the poor get to work in rural Mississippi.

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  Peter Stone on the influence of money in this year’s campaign

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham interviews Peter Stone of the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity on the influence of money and corporations in this year’s midterm elections.

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The shadow campaign: Big money in this year’s midterm elections

Need to Know examines changes in the campaign finance laws that are resulting in floods of corporate money flowing to campaigns — without knowing exactly where it’s coming from.

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Niall Ferguson on the Tea Party, budget cuts and the economy

Niall Ferguson, the Harvard historian, joins Need to Know’s Jon Meacham to discuss his many battles over the Tea Party, the budget and the jobless recovery.