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Economic news and analysis from the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the Online NewsHour. This is an archive of economic news coverage from September to October, 2011, and includes explainers, interviews, and updates that help make sense of the global economy.






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For this CEO, mindful management means yoga for employees

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Now to a story about a high-profile and unusual CEO, whose own philosophy and unique life experience has influenced the way things operate day to day inside the company. Economics correspondent Paul Solman has the story, part of our ongoing reporting Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour. PAUL SOLMAN: Aetna insurance, number 57 on the Fortune 500, surprised corporate America recently when it hiked its minimum wage to...

Duration: 00:06:06

Why labor unions oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS5 things to know about trade as Senate debate begins What’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership for U.S. and Japan? Shields and Brooks on Pacific trade deal politics, Clinton and Rubio on the trail GWEN IFILL: As battles sort itself out, we begin our own series of conversations at what’s at stake in the debate over trade. First tonight, a leading voice for labor. Richard Trumka is the president of the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Labor and...

Duration: 00:07:45

How does Baltimore’s economy recover after the riots?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today announced a new effort to tackle the city’s longstanding problems. The One Baltimore campaign, as it’s called, is designed to bring business, religious and community groups together to help rebuild the city. Given the city’s difficult history, the mayor’s initiative reflects concern about the potential long-term toll the latest upheaval could leave on some its already most troubled neighborhoods....

Duration: 00:08:44

How Barney Frank used government to fight inequality

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSExit Interview: Barney Frank Reflects on Successes, Regrets, Future Plans Barney Frank on Dysfunction in Congress: ‘Blame James Madison’ Barney Frank’s Plans for the Future GWEN IFILL: Next: a profile of a crusading voice on financial reform who also became a public figure in the debate over gay rights. It’s the story of former Congressman Barney Frank, son of a mob-connected New Jersey father. He went on to Harvard and to volunteer as a...

Duration: 00:07:29

Why it’s so hard to get off welfare

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSNew Kansas law would limits how welfare recipients can spend their benefits Social safety net catching fewer of America’s neediest, study finds What role should the government play in the health care of its citizens? JUDY WOODRUFF: There’s a growing push at the state level to crack down on welfare spending. In some cases, it’s about how much is spent and for how long. In other cases, it’s about making sure the money is spent well. Kansas became...

Duration: 00:07:42

Surprised by your health care tax penalty? Here’s what you need to know

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSFAQ: What are the penalties for not getting health insurance? From penalties to changing plans, get answers to your health care questions Democrats want to give uninsured another chance to avoid health care law penalties JUDY WOODRUFF: The deadline for filing your taxes is just hours away, and for several million Americans, this year is turning out to be even more complicated than usual. It’s the first time since the health care law was enacted...

Duration: 00:07:03

What do the numbers say about trouble for China’s economy?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: China’s official growth rate is one of those statistics that people around the world pay close attention to. After all, it’s the second largest economy in the world. But some question the numbers. And Bloomberg reporter Ken Hoffman, who just returned from China, says he has plenty of anecdotal evidence that the economy there is in greater trouble than can be seen by the numbers. He joins us now. So, you focus on metals and mining. When you...

Duration: 00:02:43

IMF warns of long-term mediocre growth for the global economy

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSEurozone extends Greece’s bailout by four months The new new thing: Negative interest rates — but will they work? Why Europe and the U.S. have a lot riding on Greek elections JUDY WOODRUFF: The global economy may be stuck in a long period of low growth and high unemployment, a period you might even call the new mediocre. That was the message delivered today by one of the world’s key players in finance and development, the head of the...

Duration: 00:01:53

Why companies are racing for almost-instantaneous delivery

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhy would Amazon open a brick-and-mortar store in New York? USPS to test grocery delivery service Congress proposes to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery for millions JUDY WOODRUFF: Let’s turn to a story that shows how apps and the tech economy are delivering a jolt to the traditional world of retail, with the growth of same-day delivery. It’s on the rise in a number of metro areas. And just today, Amazon announced a plan to expand these...

Duration: 00:07:48

What does March’s job market slowdown mean for wage growth?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: There was a bright spot in yesterday’s otherwise disappointing jobs report: wages, stuck for so long, are finally starting to go up. For more about this, we’re joined now from Washington by Eric Morath of “The Wall Street Journal”. So, is this truly a bright spot in an otherwise pretty bleak report? ERIC MORATH, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Well, the report certainly was bleak, and we’re starting to see, though,...

Duration: 00:03:35

Do weaker U.S. jobs numbers suggest a downshifting economy?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSHow much of March’s disappointing jobs report is just a blip? Job gains continue, so why are wages stubbornly stagnant? Why a higher unemployment rate may be good news for the economy HARI SREENIVASAN: It’s easy to get too caught up in the expectations heading into any jobs report, but, by most measures, this month took experts by surprise. The overall number of new jobs were much lower than anyone predicted, far below the nearly 270,000 a...

Duration: 00:04:38

Why some Cadbury-lovers are bitter that they can’t buy their favorite sweet

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSHow cocoa traders make money on the Ebola scare Nestlé chocolate will be artificial flavor free mid-2015 This Halloween, are the cocoa markets spooked by Ebola? JUDY WOODRUFF: Walk through the aisles of any drugstore lately and it’s quite clear the Easter season has become a critical part of the year for candy makers. But what’s less obvious are some battles over the chocolate in those eggs and bunnies you may be buying. Economics correspondent...

Duration: 00:06:35

Inside the new federal pay day loan rules

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took new steps to protect the working poor from people critics describe as predatory lenders, those who make payday loans. For more about this, we are joined now from Washington by Chico Harlan of The Washington Post. So, first, I guess let’s just set the stage here. What qualifies in this category of loans that the CFPB is trying to regulate? CHICO HARLAN, The Washington Post:...

Duration: 00:03:07

Swings in currency market, stock prices cap Wall Street’s chaotic week

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: It was a topsy-turvy week in the markets, with huge swings in the currency markets and, by week’s end, another sharp rise in stock prices. The Dow and S&P 500 closed yesterday just below their all-time highs. For some insights into the forces at work, we are joined by Michael Regan of Bloomberg News. So, first of all, the comments that were made by the fed, everybody kind of thinks about interest rates, but...

Duration: 00:03:29

What’s splitting a new generation of haves and have-nots

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: That Chicago mayoral race shows just how questions of equality, class and socioeconomics can play out in politics. This next story takes an even longer view at social mobility and opportunity, and how it’s changing the way we raise our children. Economics correspondent Paul Solman has the story, part of our ongoing reporting, Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour. DAVE BRICKNER: I am a little strong here, and I’m going to need...

Duration: 00:08:36

Tech startups see gold in Baby Boomers’ golden years

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: The race is on to meet the growing needs of the baby boomer generation, the youngest of whom turned 50 last year. Special correspondent Megan Hughes reports on the push to create new health and wellness technology that older Americans will want to use and investors are increasingly eager to back. KATHLEEN HALE, CEO, Rebel Desk: We sell both the desk and the treadmill separately. Ours weighs 88 pounds. It’s on wheels and it fits in a standard size...

Duration: 00:07:18

Why good economic news spooked markets this week

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSStronger job market means Fed will reduce upcoming QE3 bond purchases What’s behind the stock market’s sudden turmoil? The two great fears driving the stock market JUDY WOODRUFF: It was another tough day for the financial markets, capping a volatile week, one marked by anxiety over interest rates, the dollar, and falling oil prices, among other things. More puzzling in some ways, there was good economic news earlier this week, and that still...

Duration: 00:04:45

Coding academies offer fast track to good jobs

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Now: becoming a professional computer programmer in just weeks. Economics correspondent Paul Solman has the story. It’s part of our ongoing reporting Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour. PAUL SOLMAN: What’s making this drone fly? Not a remote-control gizmo, but computer code written by students at New York’s Flatiron School, one of numerous coding boot camps online and around the country designed to land their graduates gigs in...

Duration: 00:08:03

How new rules could protect you from credit errors

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSMistaken identity in background checks can cost applicants job offers Americans Think They Know Personal Finance — Even If They Don’t Federal regulators plan payday loan rules to protect borrowers JUDY WOODRUFF: It’s the biggest change for consumers and their credit ratings in more than a decade. The three largest credit rating companies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian, have agreed to change the way they review errors, a process that until now...

Duration: 00:07:52

Job gains continue, so why are wages stubbornly stagnant?

Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSJob growth on a roll, will wages follow? Millennials are changing jobs at a less frequent rate than prior generations Ask the Headhunter: How can I find hidden jobs? JUDY WOODRUFF: The February jobs report came in stronger than expected, with more than 200,000 jobs a month being added for the past year, the best pace since 1995. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since the financial crisis of 2008. Still, it has not translated...

Duration: 00:06:50

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