As Washington continues to debate jobs legislation, the Labor Department is preparing to release its monthly unemployment report for September. It is arguably the most important economic report of the year. But what does it all mean to everyday people who are working or who hope to work?
To find out, Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team hit the road, visiting communities across the country where jobs have been added, where companies are hiring and where Americans are finding their way back into the labor market. In this new one-hour special, Marketplace will go beyond the headline of the September unemployment report to investigate where the bright spots are and whether they are bright enough to energize the economy.