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To Sell A House In California, It Might Need Good Feng Shui

Chinese nationals are buying real estate in historic numbers in Southern California. That's got some sellers using a new sales pitch: Location, location, location — and chi.

Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger

The Class of 2014 is coming into a labor market that now offers a record number of jobs. But May's employment report also shows 9.8 million people remain out of work, and the jobless rate is stuck.

In May Jobs Report, A Milestone: A Return To Pre-Recession Levels

The May jobs report showed steady job creation. Payrolls expanded by 217,000, and unemployment held steady at 6.3%. And there was a milestone: The U.S. economy now has slightly more jobs than it did in December 2007, when the last recession began.
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"Social Impact Bonds" Come to Washington

Local governments around the country are experimenting with "Social Impact Bonds," a new fundraising tool that leverages private investment to solve public problems.


Uber Car Service Company Is Now Valued At $17 Billion

Uber, the company whose app pairs drivers with passengers, hit it big in a new financing round, bringing in investments of $1.2 billion and sending its valuation skyward.

World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

While workers scramble to prepare stadiums and airports for visiting fans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says many Brazilians are angry and frustrated.

The U.S. Finally Gets Past Pre-Recession Jobs Total

With today's monthly jobs report meeting predictions, the U.S. has surpassed the number of jobs before 2008. But the recovery has been slow and long, economists say.

May Employment Data Show U.S. Surpassed Pre-Recession Job Totals

The Labor Department released its monthly employment report on Friday. The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent.

Farm Workers' Low Wages Hinder San Joaquin Valley's Economy

If you look at the jobs picture across the U.S., one place stands out for high levels of unemployment: Central California's San Joaquin Valley. It's been called the Appalachia of the West.

The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.