President Barack Obama will lay out his plan to create jobs on Thursday, just days after GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman proposed their own jobs plans. But can any policy change at the federal level spur employers to hire new workers?
As President Obama prepares to take the wraps off what will likely be a multibillion-dollar plan to spur job creation, employers sound off on what has kept them from adding workers and what they need to start hiring.
The two economies, on either side of the Atlantic, are closely linked. Widening European debt troubles are undermining U.S. stock prices and increasing the odds of a global recession. But the problems won't be easy to fix because they're tied to the way the European Union is structured.
Morning Edition has been asking business people for their one idea on how to help fix a part of the economy. Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, talks to Steve Inskeep about his idea of reviving apprenticeships.
President Obama, in a joint session of Congress Thursday night, will announce his plan to get more Americans working. David Greene speaks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the challenges Obama faces promoting a jobs program and reviving the economy.
The president's jobs proposal is expected to include a combination of new and extended tax cuts, new spending on public works projects, and assistance for those who've been out of work a long time. But he's dogged by the controversy that surrounds his early stimulus effort.
President Obama will be addressing a house deeply divided when he goes before Congress on Thursday night. Many fellow Democrats hope to hear a speech filled with bold proposals to rally a dispirited nation. Republicans have their own plan, which revolves largely around legislation to knock down new and proposed labor and environmental rules.
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