Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 2, 2011

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The big monthly jobs numbers come out today. Dan Gorenstein finishes his two part series on unemployment, speaking with employment officials about what citizens can do. As the European debt crisis continues, it could start affecting U.S. exports. The Green Bay Packers are publicly owned, but those shares are really more about sentiment than actual value. And new car share programs in Germany are aimed at younger drivers.

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Angela Merkel calls for strict government spending rules

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today called for a new legally binding set of rules to control spending in all eurozone countries, with harsh fines for any rule-breakers.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Angela Merkel, euro

Will the slow job growth continue?

Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says that there have been some positive signs in the job market, but the situation is precarious.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Merkel calls euro debt crisis a 'marathon'

Germany's leader spoke today, calling for stricter regulations across Europe.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

Do payroll tax cuts help the economy?

The Senate yesterday failed to agree on a deal that would extend payroll tax cuts, a key part of President Obama's stimulus
Posted In: politics, Washington D.C., Senate, payroll tax

Unemployment rate drops to 8.6% in November

The unemployment rate hits its lowest level in two and a half years, but not all the numbers are so rosy.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Three big players in euro crisis finally agree

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke today, echoing recent sentiments by the head of the European Central Bank and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

Chris Low: November numbers 'nothing I've seen before'

Job numbers out for November show that 275,000 people say they found jobs, but at the same time 315,000 people became so frustrated that they stopped looking for jobs.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

PODCAST: The 8.6%

The big monthly jobs numbers come out today. Dan Gorenstein finishes his two part series on unemployment, speaking with employment officials about what citizens can do. As the European debt crisis continues, it could start affecting U.S. exports. The Green Bay Packers are publicly owned, but those shares are really more about sentiment than actual value. And new car share programs in Germany are aimed at younger drivers.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

White House economist Alan Krueger on latest jobs report

America's unemployment rate for the month of November fell to 8.6 percent. We have reaction from a leading White House economist.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, white house

Mid-day Extra: What the U.S. gives up for vacation

A recent report says that Americans gave up $34.3 billion worth of vacation days this year.
Posted In: vacation days, vacation

Green Bay Packers to sell more shares to fans

The Packers are the only major American sports team that is publicly owned. But their shares have little more than sentimental value.
Posted In: football

Unemployment workers speak on benefits debate

Job counselors say most unemployed workers are serious job searchers. If Congress doesn't extend benefits, they want more ways to counsel and train the jobless.
Posted In: unemployment benefits

Will European debt crisis sandbag U.S. economy?

Despite signs the recovery is gaining steam, trouble in the eurozone could sap demand for U.S. exports.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

Car sharing takes off in Germany

German automakers are finding the car isn't the status symbol it used to be, so they're starting car share programs aimed at enticing young drivers.
Posted In: Auto, Volkswagen

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