On balance, the latest jobs report suggests the economy is continuing to grow, though modestly. But a closer look at retail employment suggests this may be a gloomy holiday season for people who want seasonal jobs.
One of the most eagerly anticipated share offerings of the year is set for Friday. The internet daily deal site Groupon plans to sell some shares in an initial public offering. The IPO is priced at $20 a share. Investors are watching to see if the market sends that price soaring, as it has with other dot-com IPOs.
Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed down from a referendum on the European Union bailout package and he faces a vote of confidence Friday. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells host Steve Inskeep his future is uncertain.
Swat Valley was once Pakistan's premier vacation spot. The area is trying to regain its appeal after regional conflict and massive floods. Co-hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on an effort underway to rebuild Swat Valley's economy.
At the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, Europe's leaders are trying to reassure their colleagues that they have control of the debt crisis. While the G-20 would have preferred a broad agenda, Europe's troubles have overshadowed everything else. Host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Eric Westervelt.
Friday morning, the Labor Department releases its unemployment report for October. The unemployment rate has been stuck above 9 percent for most of the past three years, and it's not expected to dip below that this month. Host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Jim Zarroli about the numbers and the outlook for the U.S. economy.
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