Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 9, 2012

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The monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department today. How did February fare? Chris Farrell explains how the process for finding a job has changed in the last few years. The cost of the federal food stamp program has also changed since the start of the recession, doubling to 45 million Americans who are now receiving food assistance. And at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the focus might be shifting from music to technology.
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Today's jobs report not a full view of U.S. employment

Economists expect continued improvement in the job market, and perhaps another dip in the unemployment rate -- which is currently at 8.3 percent.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment
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Hungary finds creative solution to help the poor

Almost all the $7.5 billion worth of Hungarian banknotes in circulation pass through the Hungarian Central Bank annually, to make sure they are clean, untorn and suitable to be used to buy and sell things. The rest can be burned to serve as fuel for the poor.
Posted In: hungary, Money, Charity
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Unemployment rate stable at 8.3% in February

Steady job growth continues in the U.S., with 227,000 jobs added last month.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs
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Where the strengths lie in today's jobs report

The big news this morning is the February jobs report from the Labor Department. U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs last month and previous estimates for December and January were revised higher.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs
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White House economist speaks on stable job numbers

The jobless rate in the U.S. held steady at 8.3 percent and the U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in February. Alan Krueger of the White House Council of Economic Advisers explains what still needs to be done.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, white house, Alan Kruegar
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Japanese singing sensation Hatsune Miku holds last concert

The singer sold out around 10,000 tickets to her last concert -- but she isn't even a real person.
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Teens still watching many hours of TV a day

We might have overestimated the extent to which the use of iPhones, iPads, Netflix and Facebook are taking over the lives of teens.
Posted In: television, teenagers
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PODCAST: 227,000 jobs added, Greek crisis averted

The monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department today. How did February fare? Chris Farrell explains how the process for finding a job has changed in the last few years. The cost of the federal food stamp program has also changed since the start of the recession, doubling to 45 million Americans who are now receiving food assistance. And at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the focus might be shifting from music to technology.
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South by Southwest opens -- tech flourishes

The South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, is famous for its music. It is also a film and technology event, worth tens of millions of dollars.
Posted In: South by Southwest, sxsw
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Food stamp fraud grows in the U.S.

A recent report says that as the food stamp program has grown, so has fraud. And it's costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Posted In: food stamps
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How the job hunt has changed in this economy

Technology has become a good way of keeping up with your networks and connections in your job search.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment
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Did writing off debt in Greece count as a default?

In Greece, private investors have agreed to write off about 75 percent of their loans to the country.
Posted In: Greece, credit default swaps, Europe, default
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The international perspective on U.S. unemployment

Last month, the jobless rate was 8.3 percent in the U.S. The new number comes out this morning, and we aren't the only ones watching.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs
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How Japan can move forward, one year after Fukushima

One year after the tsunami and Fukushima disaster in Japan, Scott Tong revisits with one Japanese man who sees the brighter future for his country.
Posted In: Fukushima, Japan

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