Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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The job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas said this morning that the number of planned layoffs at U.S. companies hit a four month low last month. What is the future of the solar industry in the wake of Solyndra and Beacon Power? The TV show "X Factor" is hoping to boost ratings via Twitter. And elementary school students are scoring better on math tests these days, but reading scores are still subpar.
A new BBC poll shows that while people in developed countries have a negative outlook for the future, those in the developing world are much more optimistic.
Posted In: Jobs
A report out today says that the number of planned layoffs in October were at their lowest level in four months.
The reality show competition will allow viewers to vote using direct Twitter messages. The show hopes to attract a bigger audience audience, and entice advertisers.
The Postal Service is expected to post millions in losses this quarter, which would lead to the closure of hundreds of post offices across the country. Small towns could be the hardest hit.
Posted In: Economy
According to a measure called the Human Development Index, America ranks lower than other developed countries -- especially when it comes to the wealth gap.
With the news of a Greek referendum on austerity cuts, G20 leaders will be taking on the idea of a Greek default and looking into the future of other troubled European countries.
After the Solyndra scandal, the energy R&D industry finds itself in a tough spot.
While all eyes are on Greece, many other European countries are at risk. We look at why the Italian economy could be in trouble.