As car sharing continues to gain traction among American drivers, Car2Go is one company benefiting from the changing way we use cars. Economics and environmental concerns are spurring the market, as is the idea that cars are tools, not symbols of power or status.
Technological advances now allow Vermont's maple syrup producers to get twice as much sap per tree, meaning more syrup and more money. Statewide, the crop brought in $40 million last year, double its value from just six years ago.
Broadcasters will convene on Las Vegas this week to discuss the rapidly-growing demographic of people who don't subscribe to cable or satellite TV services. Revenues are falling fast as more viewers watch shows and movies online.
Almost 5 million Americans have been searching for work for at least six months. This week, their plight is getting a bit tougher as the government cuts their unemployment benefits — part of the automatic reductions in federal spending that took effect recently.
Millions of Americans are still out of work, and they're getting hit even harder as unemployment benefits continue to dry up. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about why benefits are being reduced. Mike Rivas has exhausted his unemployment benefits, and joins the conversation to talk about how he's getting by.
The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 net jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.
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