Marketplace for Friday, May 4, 2012

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Unemployment fell slightly last month, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Not counted: the number of people who have given up looking for work. The Labor Department's report also noted which job fields are hot, and not. Meanwhile, Wall Street is getting Facebook fever ahead of the company's highly anticipated IPO. The government has released new rules on fracking. And filmmaker Jessica Yu talks about her new documentary, which discusses the scarcity of water and how it could reshape economies.  

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What’s hot, and what’s not, in the workplace

The latest trends in the labor market suggest you’re better off looking for job that produces a service, not a physical product.
Posted In: Jobs, temp

Spirit Airlines to charge $100 for late carry-on bags

Spirit's new fee made us dig into the archives to see what else airlines can charge us for.
Posted In: Airlines, Travel, Spirit Airlines

Food and fuel prices still trouble consumer

Checking back in with truck driver Don Holzschuh out on the road for his perspective on the U.S. economic recovery.

Weekly Wrap: The April jobs report

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: The 115,00 jobs added in April in the United States.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

Peak oil? Try peak water.

Documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu's new film, "Last Call at the Oasis," explores the water crisis in the U.S. and its impact.
Posted In: water

Sitting out the job hunt

Unemployment fell slightly last month, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Not counted: the number of people who have given up looking for work.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Letters: Unpaid internships and fake flowers

Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: Defending the importance of internships and criticizing the advocacy of fake flowers.
Posted In: letters

Feds issue fracking rules for public lands

Companies will have to disclose the chemicals they use to force oil and gas out of the ground. But only after they extract them, not beforehand.
Posted In: fracking, Oil, shale gas

Facebook IPO creates fanfare on Park Ave.

Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t there, but JPMorgan flew a Facebook flag as executives visited the bank’s headquarters ahead of Facebook’s IPO.
Posted In: Facebook, JPMorgan, IPO, investments

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