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U.S. Adds More Than 250,000 New Jobs In July; Unemployment Steady

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' report shows stronger job growth than economists had been expecting. Meanwhile, NPR's Yuki Noguchi puts the very idea of a monthly jobs report in perspective.

Monthly Jobs Reports Are Watched Closely, But How Meaningful Are They?

People look to the reports to assess the labor market. But the number of jobs created and destroyed monthly is so large, most economists recognize the monthly reports aren't statistically significant.

Massachusetts Joins State-Led Efforts On Equal Pay For Women

As part of a state law designed to help equalize pay for women, employers are now prohibited from asking about an employee's previous salary. Advocates say the question creates a cycle of low pay.

Which Countries Are Best At Converting National Wealth Into Well-Being

How much bang for their buck do citizens actually get out of their nation's total wealth?

What's Behind The Post-Brexit Market Rebound?

The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union sent markets plunging around the world. Five weeks later, they've rebounded much faster than many people expected.

The Oyster's Mighty Comeback Is Creating Cleaner U.S. Waterways

The farm-to-table movement has caused the farming of oysters — nature's hardworking little water filters — on the East Coast to double in the past six years.


For Democrats, The Weak GDP Report May Have Silver Linings. Maybe.

At first glance, Friday's report on economic growth looked dismal. But most of the GDP trouble centered on weak inventory accumulation this spring. As companies restock this fall, growth may rebound.

U.S. Economy Grew By Just 1.2 Percent During 2nd Quarter

While consumers continue to spend, business investment was down, suggesting that companies are growing nervous about the future.

The Economy And Politics Of 1968: Now Playing In Reruns

Both 1968 and 2016 can be seen as good years for the economy. And yet both may be remembered for their extreme political discontent. Shouldn't good economic times make us less cranky? Apparently, not.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president. National security experts blast Donald Trump for urging Russia to hack Clinton’s emails. And charges are dropped against the remaining officers in the Freddie Gray case. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.