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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, August 3, 2012

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Today, the Labor Department will tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and what the new unemployment rate is. Here in the U.S., women represent almost half of the labor force. But in the Palestinian territories, the number is far lower -- which is where Maysoon Oday comes in. She has started a radio station to get more women into the workforce. And this Sunday night, NASA's Curiosity Rover will be landing on Mars. The $2.5 billion mission will be getting some big time publicity, broadcasting live on the huge Toshiba Screen in New York's Times Square.

Romney adviser responds to July jobs report

Glenn Hubbard, an adviser to the Romney campaign, talks about the most recent U.S. jobs report and about Mitt Romney's economic plans if he wins the presidency.
Posted In: Mitt Romney, Jobs

PODCAST: July jobs report released

Today, the Labor Department told us 163,000 jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and and the new unemployment rate is 8.3 percent. Here in the U.S., women represent almost half of the labor force. But in the Palestinian territories, the number is far lower -- which is where Maysoon Oday comes in. She has started a radio station to get more women into the workforce. And this Sunday night, NASA's Curiosity Rover will be landing on Mars. The $2.5 billion mission will be getting some big time publicity, broadcasting live on the huge Toshiba Screen in New York's Times Square.

Obama adviser Alan Krueger on July's jobs report

Alan Krueger, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, discusses what President Obama can do to create more jobs.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Scientists question Draghi's bumblebee metaphor

In his remarks yesterday, the European Central Bank's Mario Draghi compared the evolution of the euro to that of a bumblebee. Entomologists say that's a confusing metaphor.
Posted In: Mario Draghi, euro, Science

Reflecting on the July Labor Department report

The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent. FTN Financial's chief economist discusses the good and the bad of the report.
Posted In: Jobs

Unemployment ticks up to 8.3%, with 163,000 jobs added

The July jobs report from the Labor Department is out. Last month, unemployment rose from 8.2 to 8.3 percent, while 163,000 jobs were added -- the most in five months.
Posted In: Unemployment, Labor Department, Jobs

Television subscriptions wane in popularity

DirecTV is reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of customers. And it appears those customers are not flocking to the competition -- Time Warner Cable also lost subscribers for the tenth quarter in a row.
Posted In: Time Warner Cable, directv, tv

How Europe watches American unemployment

Today the world is watching us here in the U.S. The Labor Department is about to tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. last month and what the new unemployment rate is. It's seen as a key indicator for the health of the U.S. economy, which is still the largest in the world.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

Awaiting the July jobs report

In just a couple hours we'll get the most important economic numbers of the month. The Labor Department will tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and what the new unemployment rate is.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

Empowering working Palestinian women through radio

Maysoun Odeh Gangat, CEO of the women’s radio station NISAA in Ramallah, explains why there are fewer Palestinian women in business compared to other women in the Middle East -- and how that seems to be changing.
Posted In: Palestine, women, middle east

Hedge funds eye Procter & Gamble

Hedge fund boss Bill Ackman already owns some $2 billion worth of P&G shares. The company’s poor results may now attract more activist investors.
Posted In: Procter and Gamble

What's a boon for manufacturing? One word: Plastics

Rust Belt manufacturing isn't just about steel -- an uptick in business is boosting plastics, aluminum, and other products as well.
Posted In: manufacturing, midwest, Rust Belt

The latest Times Square attraction: Mars

If you want to be surrounded by other earthlings as you watch NASA's Mars rovers land on the red planet, head for Times Square. The rovers, the space agency's biggest hits, will be live on the big screen.
Posted In: space, mars, Science, NASA

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