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An Update On The State Of The U.S. Economy

Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks following a weak jobs report for May. An update on the state of the U.S. economy. A look at interest rates, employment and prospects for wage growth.

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D.C. Poised To Adopt $15 Minimum Wage, Give Restaurant Workers A Boost

The D.C. Council is poised to give initial approval to a bill increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Tipped restaurant workers will also see a pay hike, though not as big.

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Fed Chair Yellen Says Weak Jobs Report Raises Questions For Economy

U.S. employment is one of many uncertainties Federal Reserve officials are weighing as they consider raising interest rates. Overall, Yellen expects ongoing economic recovery and growth to continue.
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A Rocky Time In U.S.-China Relations As Leaders Meet In Beijing

They are the two largest economies in the world, and increasingly interdependent. But as leaders gather for high-level talks in Beijing, tensions have flared on several fronts.
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Swiss Voters Reject Guaranteed-Income Proposal

Voters took a dim view of a plan that would have mandated a basic monthly income for all of Switzerland's 8.1 million residents, regardless of employment status.
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How Donald Trump Could Benefit In November From A Bad Economy

Economic studies suggest that when people feel economic pain, they punish the sitting president's party.
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U.S., China Officials Gather For Annual Strategic Meeting

David Greene talks to Bill Bishop, writer of the Sinocism Chinese Newsletter, about what's on the agenda for this year's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
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Seaweed On Your Dinner Plate: The Next Kale Could Be Kelp

Why are chefs adopting sea greens in their cuisine? They're tasty and nutritious, and growing them is good for the planet. Maine's budding seaweed business is boosting an endangered coastal economy.
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Gentrification Pressures Weigh On The Economy

For this week's Hanging On, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with poet and activist Bobby LeFebre about gentrification in North Denver. LeFebre has watched his neighborhood change over the past 15 years.
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How Should You Look At The Jobs Report? Try These Different Angles

The latest monthly jobs report showed a sharp slowdown in hiring. Economists, who didn't see the drop coming, suggest reasons ranging from a workers' strike to presidential politics.

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