Business

RSS Feed
NPR

Employment Numbers Tell Us A Lot (But Not That Much)

The jobs report for April showed stronger job creation and a four-year low in the unemployment rate, sending stocks soaring. But the monthly numbers, while encouraging, are bound to be revised. That suggests that perhaps we're paying too much attention to them.
NPR

Reality Check: Strapped States Cutting Unemployment Benefits

During the recession, states have run up a $30 billion debt to Washington because they haven't had enough funds to cover unemployment checks. Now they're cutting benefits at the same time federal payments are being reduced because of the sequester.
NPR

The Changing Face Of The Working Poor

The latest employment figures are out and they show gains in hiring. The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy joins host Michel Martin to talk about the report, and the millions of working Americans who still fall below the poverty line.
NPR

How A Distillery Ages Bourbon In Days, Not Years

With bourbon sales growing fast, small distillers are looking for ways to get their product to market faster. One Cleveland company has come up with a way to shrink the aging process from years to just days, while also cashing in on the craze for all things local.
NPR

Bangladesh Fears Exodus Of Western Retailers

Following The Walt Disney Co.'s decision to end apparel production in Bangladesh over last week's collapse of a garment factory complex, some officials were worried that others will follow.
NPR

165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent

The eagerly anticipated news was better than expected. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised upward its estimates of job growth in February and March.
NPR

Airlines Raise Fee For Changing Reservations

The companies say they incur costs when a customer changes a reservation, and the higher fee compensates for that. Analysts say cancellation and change fees make a big difference on airlines' bottom lines, at a time when many are facing financial difficulties
NPR

Economists Predict April's Jobless Rate Will Remain Steady

The Labor Department's monthly employment report is issued Friday morning. Economists are predicting that more than 100,000 jobs were added last month, but not enough to change the jobless rate of 7.6 percent.
NPR

Political Battle Over Health Law Starts Next Chapter

In the three years since the Affordable Care Act became law, public opinion has remained deeply divided with as many Americans opposing the law as supporting it. When Americans begin signing up for health insurance under the act, opinion may finally begin to shake loose. Some people without access to insurance gain it and others encounter new bureaucracies.

Pages