Commerce Department http://www.kunc.org en U.S. Economy: GDP Surprises, And Hiring Rises In July http://www.kunc.org/post/us-economy-gdp-surprises-and-hiring-rises-july The U.S. economy grew by an annualized rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to gross domestic product data released Wednesday morning. The Commerce Department says the rise stems from business investments, particularly in buildings, and an upturn in exports and the civilian aircraft industry.<p>The data represents the agency's first estimate of the value of all goods and services produced in the United States. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:17:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 47746 at http://www.kunc.org U.S. Economy: GDP Surprises, And Hiring Rises In July Obama Picks Major Fundraiser To Be Next Commerce Secretary http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-picks-major-fundraiser-be-next-commerce-secretary Penny Pritzker, one of the nation's richest people and a "longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser," <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-penny-pritzker-commerce-secretary-20130502,0,4841795.story" target="_blank">as <em>The</em> <em>Chicago Tribune</em> writes</a>, is President Obama's choice to be his next secretary of commerce.<p>The president announced the news this hour at the White House. He also said that one of his economic advisers, Michael Froman, is his choice to be the next U.S. Thu, 02 May 2013 14:31:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 43746 at http://www.kunc.org Obama Picks Major Fundraiser To Be Next Commerce Secretary Obama Announces Commerce, Trade Nominees http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-announces-commerce-trade-nominees Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with two new cabinet appointments.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: This morning, President Obama appointed Penny Pritzker to run the commerce department.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Pritzker is an heiress to the Hyatt hotel empire. She also served on the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and she is a long time financial backer of the president's political campaigns. Forbes ranks her as one of 300 richest Americans.<p>MONTAGNE: President Obama also nominated a new U.S. trade representative. Thu, 02 May 2013 14:09:00 +0000 43744 at http://www.kunc.org Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten http://www.kunc.org/post/fla-tomato-growers-think-trade-deal-mexico-rotten Half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico, and tomato growers in Florida aren't happy about that. In fact, they're willing to risk a trade war to reverse the trend.<p>At JC Distributing In Nogales, Ariz., one misstep and you're likely to get knocked over by a pallet full of produce. Forklifts crisscross each other carrying peppers, squash and especially tomatoes from trucks backed into the warehouse loading dock.<p>"This is a Mexican truck being unloaded," says JC President Jaime Chamberlain. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:16:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 39179 at http://www.kunc.org Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten Homebuilding Is Booming, But Skilled Workers Are Scarce http://www.kunc.org/post/homebuilding-booming-skilled-workers-are-scarce The construction industry in the U.S. is staging a comeback. In one indicator, the Commerce Department announced Thursday that new homebuilding has reached its highest level in 4 1/2 years.<p>While that's a promising sign for the industry, more than 2 million construction jobs have been lost in the sector since employment hit its peak. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 38988 at http://www.kunc.org Homebuilding Is Booming, But Skilled Workers Are Scarce