Jan 27, 2012

Marketplace Index for Friday, January 27, 2012

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We all hear about economic indicators all the time, but perhaps we don’t question them as much as we should. Take gross domestic product (GDP), which measures the growth of the economy. After a number of incremental but positive indicators that have come out in the past couple of months -- the so-called "green shoots" -- today's fourth quarter GDP was a reminder that our economy is still very fragile. And on the Marketplace Daily Pulse, union membership in the U.S. has plateaued.

Segments From this episode

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.

Those delicate 'green shoots' of the economy

Jan 27, 2012
We all hear about economic indicators all the time, but perhaps we don’t question them as much as we should.

We all hear about economic indicators all the time, but perhaps we don’t question them as much as we should. Take gross domestic product (GDP), which measures the growth of the economy. After a number of incremental but positive indicators that have come out in the past couple of months — the so-called “green shoots” — today’s fourth quarter GDP was a reminder that our economy is still very fragile. And on the Marketplace Daily Pulse, union membership in the U.S. has plateaued.