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June 3, 2016 2 Comments

Economists Caught Off Guard By A Weak Jobs Report

The Labor Department reported just 38,000 new jobs in May, far fewer than most economists predicted.

June 3, 2016 2 Comments

IMF Post On Neoliberalism Raises Questions About Organization’s Policies

Posts on the website of the International Monetary Fund do not usually go viral, but one did this week.

June 3, 2016 2 Comments

U.S. Economy Adds A Paltry 38,000 Jobs In May

Wall Street fell today upon news of the smallest monthly addition of jobs in almost six years.

May 26, 2016 2 Comments

The Spending Race Between Japan And China On Global Infrastructure

Japan is touting a new $200-billion infrastructure plan, while China has been heavily investing across Asia and Africa.

May 23, 2016 39 Comments

The Politics Of Home Ownership

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn’t necessarily pan out

May 23, 2016 3 Comments

Fewer Business Startups Are Based In Small Towns And Rural Areas

New research found that startup growth remains primarily based in areas like California’s Silicon Valley.

May 23, 2016 3 Comments

What Would Be The Impact Of A June Interest Rate Hike?

There are more signs today that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates at its June meeting.

May 20, 2016 Comment

Banks Bet On Plastic As U.S. Credit Card Debt Nears $1 Trillion

As consumers swipe more often, card debt is climbing back towards its pre-recession peak of $1.02 trillion.

May 19, 2016 5 Comments

Helping Unemployment Through Wage Insurance, Other Options

We examine how the U.S. incentivizes unemployed workers to stay unemployed, and what safety net options are out there.

May 17, 2016 4 Comments

What Warren Buffett’s $1 Billion Apple Investment Says About Tech

After revealing the investment, the technology company’s stock grew by almost 4% Monday.

May 16, 2016 2 Comments

401(k) Fees Keep Getting Lower

Employers are shopping around to find 401(k) plans that mean lower fees for the employees who are saving for retirement.

May 16, 2016 50 Comments

State Of Emergency Declared In Venezuela

The country is facing food shortages, regular blackouts, inflation and an increasingly dire public health situation.

May 13, 2016 16 Comments

Banker Chad Gifford Believes Banks Are Not Too Big

Is there a role for massive banks in our economy?

May 12, 2016 Comment

The Middle Class Is Shrinking In Cities Across U.S.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with business journalist Ali Velshi about the shifts.

May 12, 2016 Comment

Predatory Loans And The Ability To Pay Back

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to issue a rule that would require lenders to prove borrowers can pay loans back.

May 11, 2016 2 Comments

Staples, Office Depot Call Off Merger After Judge’s Ruling

A federal judge blocked the deal, siding with the Federal Trade Commission, which had argued that the merger would violate antitrust law and lead to higher prices.

May 10, 2016 5 Comments

For Trump And Clinton, Fundraising Goes Through Wall Street

Donald Trump has named a Wall Street executive to head his fundraising efforts for the general election, and says he will need $1.5 billion in his fight against the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. For her part, Clinton has been enjoying support from Wall Street executives who had supported Republicans who are no longer in […]

May 6, 2016 2 Comments

Economy Adds 160,000 Jobs In April, Unemployment Holds At 5 Percent

The number fell below expectations from economists, but the report showed that wages rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier.

May 6, 2016 12 Comments

Inside The Political Fight To Raise The Minimum Wage

The minimum wage hasn’t gone up at the federal level since 2007.

May 6, 2016 18 Comments

‘Working Poor’ On The Assembly Line

Lawrence Scott, who makes $11 an hour assembling car seats, has three kids.

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June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.