Karl Baker

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Will New York be next for the fracking-fueled job boom?

Sep 18, 2012
A fracking-fueled job boom has erupted in parts of the U.S. and wages of gas workers have increased. But in New York fracking is banned. That hasn’t stopped an upstate New York school from offering training courses for work in…

Apocalypse now -- the marketing strategy

Jul 13, 2012
From natural disasters to economic crises to a supposed Mayan prophecy of the end of the world in 2012, doomsday has galvanized some marketers.

What happens if Greece defaults? A flow chart

May 24, 2012
If Greece ditches its austerity plan and defaults on its loans, how might that play out in the global economy? Follow our flow chart to find out.

Survey: Americans are stressed out

Apr 13, 2012
Consumer Reports polled 1,000 U.S. households and found that more Americans are feeling stressed today than at any time since September 2009.

Why Are Households Still Nervous About Municipal Bonds?

Mar 30, 2012
U.S. households hold half of all municipal bonds issued by cities and states in the U.S. But over the course of the past year, those investors have been backing away. Why?

Businesses are spending again

Mar 8, 2012
A recent report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis about the health of the economy in the fourth quarter of 2011 shows a 20 percent spike in investment -- a sign that businesses are back to spending, not hoarding, their…

Unemployment down -- but so are wages

Feb 23, 2012
The dip in unemployment and job claims indicate optimism -- but wages fell sharply for the majority of American workers last year in a way that they haven't since 2007.

The Job Boom...for Baby Boomers

Feb 3, 2012
The jobs market is showing signs of life - but these positive prospects are being enjoyed by maybe the last group you would expect: baby boomers.

Who's in the union?

Jan 27, 2012
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 11.8 percent of workers counted themselves amongst the ranks of organized labor in 2011, almost half the number recorded in 1983 -- the first year that data was available.