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Obama Addresses Mixed Monthly Employment Report

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 3:25pm

President Obama spoke to reporters Friday about the latest monthly employment report, which showed a slowdown in hiring in April. The report also showed relatively strong wage growth. Obama was also asked about the presidential contest and the de facto GOP nominee, Donald Trump.

Job Growth Might Be Slowing Overall — But It's Surging For New College Grads

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 3:24pm

Congratulations to the Class of 2016! They are graduating into the best job market in a decade, especially for those with degrees in business, technology or engineering.

From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 3:00pm

The state's coal industry is shrinking fast; more than 10,000 workers have lost their jobs since 2008. A small firm in eastern Kentucky is turning unemployed coal workers into software developers.

SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 On A Barge At Sea (Again)

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:42am

Despite uncertain odds, the company landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket in the open ocean for a second time. The rest of the spacecraft continued on to put a communications satellite into orbit.

Why This Seattle Chef Is Embracing A Higher Minimum Wage For Employees

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:04am

Small businesses in Seattle have to pay a minimum of $15 an hour starting in 2021. But chef Renee Erickson has adopted higher pay for employees of her restaurant group ahead of schedule.

U.S. Economy Gains 160,000 Jobs In April; Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 7:46am

Analysts had expected the economy to gain significantly more jobs. The economy has gained an average of about 250,000 jobs monthly for the past six months.

2016 Should Be A Good Year For New Graduates To Launch A Career

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:05am

Job prospects for college and high school graduates are looking better this year than they have in a very long time. Except for the energy sector, many industries are searching for young talent now.

Montana's Oil Boom Fades Ahead Of The 2016 Presidential Election

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:05am

The state's oil industry had been going gangbusters and then oil prices began to drop. What is it like to live in a place with such extremes, and can the government do anything to stabilize things?

Beyond 'Sesame Street': A New Sesame Studios Channel On YouTube

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 4:00am

Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.

How To Buy A Car: Start With Some Patience

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 5:34pm

A car is one of the larger purchases most people make. How can you make sure that purchase isn't a mistake? Don't "buy it today." Do your research. Don't panic. Easy, right?

The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:53pm

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.

When States Entice Companies To Move, Workers Are Left Behind

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:31pm

Cities and states spend huge sums of money to entice businesses to come and "create jobs." But in today's economy, there's little guarantee businesses will stay. NPR meets some of the workers left behind when a business moves on.

KFC Unveils Edible, Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish In Hong Kong

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:25pm

We don't know what to think, but the company is insisting this is a thing. There are three flavors that could potentially go into mass production: original, spicy and hot. Ew?

New Rule Would Make It Easier For Consumers To Sue Banks

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:19pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed banning financial firms from forcing arbitration to avoid lawsuits. But industry officials say the rule will lead to frivolous legal action.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:29am

Scientists are preparing for the day when powerful computing can no longer rely on chips getting smaller and faster. One of them offers a sneak peek at some of the new/old ideas that may save the day.

FDA Acts To Regulate E-Cigarettes And Cigars For The First Time

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:18am

The Food and Drug Administration has issued sweeping new rules that tighten its control over e-cigarettes, banning their sale to minors. The agency is also expanding its regulation of tobacco.

KFC Launches Edible Nail Polish In Hong Kong

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 6:03am

The two edible nail polishes are based on the company's Original and Hot & Spicy recipes. The Hong Kong test group is being asked to choose a nail flavor that will be massed produced.

Sanders Reminds Appalachia Voters He Has Championed Their Cause

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:07am

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump will be in West Virginia on Thursday ahead of its primary on May 10. Appalachia is an important region for Sanders, who has done well among the white working class.

Jobs Tug Of War: Kansas City Businesses Poached By Kansas, Missouri

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:07am

Kansas and Missouri offer incentives to locate within their borders. Politicians call this job creation. But is it really creating a job if it came from a few miles away across the state border?

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rule Would Ban Class-Action Waivers

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:07am

Consumer groups say people should be able to join class actions if they fell they've been harmed. Industry groups say arbitration clauses are necessary to protect against frivolous lawsuits.

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