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The effect of government subsidies on the job market

Sep 30, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman about the effect government subsidies for workers' wages in both the private and public sector.

A new normal for the job market?

Sep 27, 2010
Job growth is increasing, but at much slower rate than the growth of the working-age population. The severity of the recession may change the job market for many years to come.

Summer jobs elusive for U.S. teens

Jul 20, 2010
The high youth unemployment means competition for summer temp jobs at resorts and amusement parks is fierce -- and it also leaves many teenagers without valuable work experience.

Overqualified: An entry-level job beats having none

Jul 12, 2010
Stella Shaffer was a commercial radio news director in Iowa. Now she works at a Medicaid call center in Oregon. Like many professionals right now, she's overqualified for the job, but would still rather be working. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Who's hiring at the Chicago job fair?

Jun 19, 2010
What jobs are on offer at this point in the so-called "recovery?" For our series on long-term unemployment -- "Help Not Wanted" -- reporter Mitchell Hartman dropped in on a job fair in suburban Chicago to find out.

Grappling with a mid-life job crisis

Jun 18, 2010
When it comes to the job losses Americans are suffering through, it's been said that this has been very much a "middle-class" recession. That's because it's hit a broad number of industries. And many workers may never catch up to the career level they were before. Mitchell Hartman has the story of one worker who has had to start over.

A jobless recovery and a lost generation

Jun 18, 2010
The tough job market new college graduates are getting dumped into may significantly affect their chances for higher positions and salaries.

For public good, not for profit.

A visit to a Chicago job fair

Jun 18, 2010
Mitchell Hartman talks to senior executive assistant Marsha Gooden as she goes on a search for new employment.

Reporter's Notebook: Meeting the Long-Term Unemployed

Jun 18, 2010
Getting back into the job market proves tough for workers in Chicago struggling against record-breaking trends in long-term unemployment.

The effects of long-term unemployment

Jun 10, 2010
Once you're out of work in this recession, you're almost out of luck. Long-term unemployment hasn't been this bad since the 1940s. Job applicants are having to look longer and beat out more competition. Employers, meanwhile, have found ways to get things done without having to hire. Mitchell Hartman reports.