Marketplace for Thursday, May 9, 2013

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"The Great Gatsby" is getting released soon and everyone is buzzing with excitement for the adaptation of the life of the rich. But, in reality, the life of the rich and poor is rarely anything like it is in the movies. In jobs numbers news today, jobless claims are falling and we wonder is that is a good thing or if it means employers have hit peak layoff. In world news, another factory fire in Bangladesh brings to light the fair trade movement. Does it hurt businesses and are consumers really buying?

Are the 49ers a good fit for Levi Strauss?

Can a partnership with the 49ers save the stagnant brand that is Levi Strauss jeans?
Posted In: 49ers, stadium, levi's, NFL, San Francisco

In theaters and with 'The Great Gatsby,' it's high class or class war

The opening of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will offer moviegoers a look at over-the-top Jazz Age luxury. But for all of Gatsby's glamour, many of the plots of this year's most highly anticipated films hinge on class conflict.
Posted In: The Great Gatsby, movies, movie, class

If millionaires formed a political party, they'd have a lock on government

A Duke professor asks: What would happen if all the millionaires in public office joined a single political party? Answer: They'd control the federal government by a wide margin.
Posted In: government, Congress, politics

The possible downside to the good jobless claims numbers

U.S. jobless claims are falling -- most recently to a pre-recession level -- but does that mean nothing more than employers are getting to the point where they can’t lay off any more workers?
Posted In: Jobs, weekly jobless, layoffs

Does fair trade clothing help the consumer and the retailer?

Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?
Posted In: Fair trade, Retail, clothing, Bangladesh

Google invites parents to work

What does Google’s Bring Your Parents to Work Day say about the larger culture there?
Posted In: Google, workplace culture

We asked you to name our conference rooms and the winner is...

We asked listeners to weigh in with suggestions for names for our office meeting rooms.

How some rural areas are being pinched by lack of Medicaid expansion

An expansion of Medicaid is supposed to cover more of the working poor. But Republican-led states have been opting out and outlying areas in states like Tennessee may be the hardest hit.
Posted In: tennessee, medicaid

New York City cyber thieves loot $45 million

The thieves also hit up 2,000 ATMs in Manhattan in a single day.
Posted In: bank, ATM, Crime

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