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Hiring Climate Affects Small Businesses

Audie Cornish talks to Bruce Lackey, CEO of Happy Chicken Farms in Ohio, about his business and the hiring climate.

Jobs Report A Litmus Test For Economy's Direction

The U.S. economy added only 120,000 jobs in March, far below expectations. The job gains were the smallest in five months. The report isn't a conclusive verdict on the economy. It could be an off month of weak growth or the sign of something more troubling — a serious hiring slowdown.

Jobs Numbers Fall Short Of Predictions

Most experts were predicting job growth in excess of 200,000 for March, but the numbers came up short. Only 120,000 new non-farm jobs were counted. Even though the overall jobless rate declined by another tenth of a point, the White House was on the defensive.

For Long-Term Unemployed, Help Is Running Out

The number of people who have been out of work for six months or longer remains near historic highs. Still, with the unemployment rate ticking down, Congress is phasing out benefits for those long out of work.
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Buy American

Despite the popularity of slogans like, "Buy American" and “Proudly Made in the U.S.A.,” America’s trade deficits continue to soar. We look at new—and old—ideas for addressing trade imbalances.


March Jobs Report Offers Mixed Messages

Only 120,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in March, far fewer than expected. Still, the unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax, and they hear from NPR Facebook fans sharing stories about finding work in a tough economy.