Mon February 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Confirmed: China Has World's No. 2 Economy; Passes Japan

A much-anticipated milestone was reached today:

"China passed Japan in 2010 to become the world's second-largest economy after the U.S.," The Wall Street Journal writes, adding that this is "a historic shift that has drawn mixed emotions in the two Asian powers: resignation tinged with soul-searching in long-stagnant Japan, pride but also caution in an ascendant China wary of shouldering new global responsibilities."

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Tue February 1, 2011
The Road Back To Work

The Strain Adds Up: Bills, Baby And A Job Search

Part of an ongoing series

At a time when most people think about turning in for the night, Annica Trotter sits down at her computer to apply for jobs.

But it's almost impossible to apply for anything these days without going online, and that's where Trotter hits a snag. The 25-year-old is only able to apply for jobs when her boyfriend, Greg Perine, and his cell phone are home.

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Sun January 30, 2011

Budget-Strapped States Might Prefer To Be Bankrupt

Host Liane Hansen talks with law professor David Skeel about a proposal that would allow states to declare bankruptcy as a way to handle overwhelming debt.


Fri January 21, 2011

How Increasing Exports Would Create Jobs

Originally published on Fri January 21, 2011 12:22 pm



President Obama will be in upstate New York today touring a General Electric factory and showcasing that company's successes. Mr. Obama just named GE's chief executive the head of a new panel on jobs and competitiveness. GE boss Jeff Immelt has been speaking about the need to focus on manufacturing and increase the country's exports.

Here's NPR's Chris Arnold.

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Mon January 17, 2011

Finding The Path Towards Employment In St. Louis

First of an ongoing series

Until March, Casaundra Bronner, 39, worked for one of the largest and certainly the most famous employers in St. Louis — Anheuser-Busch.

Bronner had been there for 11 years, working her way up to a marketing manager job.

"My last position, I really enjoyed it," says Bronner. "[The layoff was] like a rug taken from under me."

She was among hundreds the company laid off.

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