Economy

8:00am

Sun January 30, 2011
Economy

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.

4:00am

Fri January 21, 2011
Business

How Increasing Exports Would Create Jobs

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

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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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4:49pm

Mon January 17, 2011
Economy

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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7:57pm

Sat January 15, 2011
Economy

Exports Boost U.S. Manufacturing Sector

While the housing sector's troubles continue to drag down the U.S. economy, manufacturing is doing well, largely because of strong sales overseas.

The exports boom has helped the manufacturing sector grow at a pace three times faster than the rest of the economy. According to federal data released last week, exports rose for the third straight month in November to nearly $160 billion.

Overseas customers are buying more U.S. airplanes, pharmaceuticals, foods, industrial supplies, cotton, computers and more.

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4:00am

Tue January 4, 2011
Economy

Economy Update

The 112th Congress convenes for the first time Wednesday. Republicans now hold the majority in the House, and gained seats in the Senate. What does that means for economic policy? David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the economic agenda of the new Congress.

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