Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 6, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 6, 2011

U.S. unemployment rate ticks up to 9%

Economist Gary Burtless from the Brookings Institution examines today's unemployment news from the U.S. Labor Department.
Posted In: Jobs

Senate GOP vows to block consumer bureau chief

U.S. Senate Republicans told President Obama they will block any nominee to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless Democrats agree to structure and funding changes within the agency.
Posted In: Wall Street

U.S. reports best job growth since 2006

The unemployment rate rose slightly to 9 percent in April, even as the economy added 244,000 jobs -- more jobs than during any month since 2006. Chris Low from FTN Financial explains.
Posted In: Jobs

U.S. economy creates 244,000 jobs in April

According to today's report from the Labor Department, thousands of Americans went back into the work force in April. Jill Schlesinger from CBS/Moneywatch explains how this number could indicate huge improvements to the job market.
Posted In: Jobs

Portuguese civil servants strike after bailout deal

Trade unions in Portugal today are protesting against austerity measures that are a part of the country's bailout plan.

Oil, gold, commodity prices take sharp fall

The BBC's Andrew Walker explains how the recent slump in commodity prices reflects slow economic growth.
Posted In: Oil

Drought takes economic toll on Texas

While the Mississippi River floods 400 miles away, Texas finds itself in its driest period in 100 years.
Posted In: Agriculture

Commodity prices plummet as U.S. economic growth slows

Commodity prices have fallen sharply after disappointing economic news on jobs and growth in the U.S. Without consumer demand, the commodity prices would continue to fall.
Posted In: Oil

Cuba cuts down on its coffee fix

In a cost-cutting measure, Cuba is cutting down on the rations of coffee offered to citizens.
Posted In: Food

The toil index is rising

The number of hours Americans have to work in order to pay off their mortgages or rents has risen significantly in recent decades.
Posted In: Economy

Bridging the gap between nurses and IT

As hospitals try to reach a federal deadline of 2015 to go electronic, the job field of nursing informatics is in high demand.
Posted In: Health

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