Many of those seeking temporary work or extra cash may be turning to retailers this season, but they'll face stiff competition. NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax says job hunters may have better luck when submitting their applications to warehouses, Fed Ex, and similar companies. She speaks with guest host Allison Keyes.
The company is teaming up with a network of community-based financial institutions, and beginning Tuesday anyone can make a tax-deductable contribution at a Starbucks store or online to the Create Jobs for USA Fund. The money will go to companies so they can hire or retain American workers.
Solano County, Calif., between San Francisco and Sacramento, has a great climate, diversity and until recently, stable neighborhoods. But now it has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country. Residents here long for different economic times, like when they were growing up.
MF Global, the securities firm run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, was forced to file for bankruptcy protection Monday. The company, at Corzine's urging, made big investments in European sovereign debt. Those bets turned out to be losers. Analysts don't believe MF Global is a harbinger of bad things to come. It was much more exposed to European debt than most U.S. financial companies. Zoe Chace reports for NPR's Planet Money.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he will ask the public to vote in a referendum on last week's European debt deal. His surprise announcement could throw a wrench into the bailout agreement. The bankers holding Greek debt agreed to accept losses on Greek bonds on the assumption that the country would carry out austerity measures. For the latest, Steve Inskeep talks with reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens.
Colorado voters are deciding Tuesday whether to raise taxes to help fund schools. Proposition 103 is the nation's only statewide tax vote this November, and it's setting off a battle between business leaders worried about the economy and education interests saying the economy will never recover without well-funded schools. Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC reports that the measure is also seen as a barometer for the nation's mood on taxes.
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