Joel Patterson
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Associate Producer, Marketplace Money

Joel Patterson joined the Marketplace Index team in November 2011.

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Economy

$5-per-gallon gas?

With prices already heating up, American motorists could see gas new record per-gallon highs by early summer.
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Economy

Getting vets working again

National guardsman PFC. Yahya Shakur fills out a job application during a recent Veterans job fair in New York. Companies like GE and JP Morgan have made commitments to hiring vets in large numbers.
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Economy

Consumer sentiment slips

Gas prices have risen 22 cents on average since the beginning of 2012. Reality-based tidbits like that go a long way to explaining a drop in consumer sentiment in the face of a rosy macroeconomic picture being painted in the media.
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