Billings, Mont., has its share of natural resources. But residents attribute their ability to weather the economic storm to a diversification of services beyond oil — like agriculture, financial services and health care. "It's just a great day here in Billings," says a leader of a new library project.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have turned a spotlight on the growing frustration among the millennial generation, a group that has suffered crushing student loan debt and high rates of unemployment. But some say inflated expectations and the lack of guidance toward "employable" majors are also keeping graduates out of work.
Retailers across the country are accepting applications for temporary, seasonal positions, and industry experts say the total number of hires will likely be on par with last year's totals. Scott Detrow of member station WITF visits an outlet mall in Lancaster, Pa., to see how many stores are looking for help.
Ohio's rejection of a plan to scale back collective bargaining rights for public employees this week was a big victory for labor. In particular, it showed how important the nation's teachers unions have become beyond the classroom.
With the euro zone burdened by debt, the prime minister of Greece has resigned and Italy's long-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi is expected to step down as well. Guest host Linda Wertheimer checks in with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, who sums up the events of a tumultuous week in Europe.
Over 1 million Americans a year work as interns. About half of them are unpaid. Alex Footman was among them, working for the film Black Swan. "This really just seemed like I was just working and wasn't getting paid for it," Footman says. So he is suing for back pay.
The problem is not only the small number of women with bachelor's degrees in computer science coming in the door; it's also the industry's inability to retain them. Women leave their technical jobs far more often than men.
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