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Italy's Accordion Industry: Tiny And Thriving

Small businesses account for more than 70 percent of Italy's gross domestic product. But they haven't been growing. One example is the country's famed accordion industry, which has enjoyed a resurgence — but also wants to stay small.

How Do GOP Candidates Plan To Fix The Economy?

In New Hampshire — and across the country — the economy and job-creation are ranked by voters as the most important issues. Front-runner Mitt Romney wants to shrink government. All the GOP candidates want to balance the budget and cut business and personal taxes.

U.S., Iran Play Economic Knockdown

With Iran threatening to block U.S. ships from entering the Persian Gulf and the United States vowing not to back down, the stage seems to be set for war. And yet, what's happening with Iran right now may be more of an economic confrontation than a military standoff.

More Than Finance Ahead For New Consumer Chief

Though President Obama may have riled Republicans with his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there is bipartisan agreement on Cordray's strong qualifications. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about what's ahead for Cordray.

What Jobs Numbers Mean For Obama's Employment

As the president seeks re-election, he points to progress made in improving the economy. For voters, believing the message may require feeling a change — sooner rather than later.

The View From The Unemployed

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has been dropping around the country as the New Year begins. Companies are laying off fewer workers; hiring may be picking up. The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate is now 8.5 percent, the lowest level in almost three years. But that's just an average, and prospects for losing or finding a job depend on where you live. We hear voices of the unemployed from around the country.

Report Posts Stronger-Than-Expected Employment

The December jobs report came in stronger than expected, with employers adding 200,000 new jobs to payrolls. The unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent.