More than 40 percent of the long-term unemployed say they've received a lot of help from family and friends, while only 1 in 10 reports getting much help from churches or community groups, according to an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But these groups say they're in high demand.
With Greece in turmoil, a look at the debt defaults a decade ago in South America could prove instructive. Had Europeans diagnosed problems and acted quickly, they might have come out of this like Uruguay, in 2002. But it looks like Greece may be following Argentina, which defaulted on $100 billion in 2001.
Many job seekers assume they won't make much progress in their search over the holidays. Not so, says Lauren Weber of The Wall Street Journal. Weber explains why job hunters may want to consider keeping their search alive through the holiday season.
One of the most powerful forces of change has been the dramatic economic growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China. Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Jim O'Neill coined the term BRIC, an acronym for those four countries, ten years ago when he began to zero in on their economies. O'Neill talks to Renee Montagne about his book The Growth Map.
Online retail sales this holiday season have reached $32 billion to date. That's a 15 percent increase over last year. And for the first time, a sizable number of shoppers — about 8 to 9 percent — used their smartphone or tablets to purchase items.
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