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Longtime workers enter jobless ranks

Feb 6, 2009
More than 6 million people are getting unemployment benefits nationwide, the most in at least 40 years. But the numbers only tell so much. Reporter Joel Rose talked to three first-time recipients about what unemployment means for them.

Unemployment benefits vary greatly

Feb 6, 2009
Millions of out-of-work Americans are finding many factors can alter their unemployment benefits -- if they get any at all. Christine Vestal, a writer covering unemployment, talks with Tess Vigeland about the different scenarios.
A job seeker looks through job listings at the East Bay Works One-Stop Career Center in Oakland, Calif.
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Straight Story: Make taxes simpler!

Feb 6, 2009
Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell is hopping mad about the United States income tax system. Dramatically simplifying the tax code, he argues, could be an easy fix.

Putting personal finance in classrooms

Feb 6, 2009
It's important to learn good personal finance habits early in life. Tess Vigeland talks with Laura Levine of the JumpStart Coalition and New Jersey State Senator Steven Sweeney about programs for teaching those skills to high school students.
Person with pencil and calculator

Decoder: The 'multiplier effect'

Feb 6, 2009
The Obama administration says the economic stimulus plan's price tag will be worth the cost -- and then some -- because of something called the "multiplier effect." What does that mean? Sally Herships explains.

Getting Personal

Feb 6, 2009
Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listener questions on why student loans are "good debt," whether to draw on savings or take Social Security, how to get a pro athlete's taxes in shape, and more.
Getting Personal

Work Life: Race car engineer

Feb 6, 2009
Meet Matthew Niles, a race car engineer. He describes his job from California's Laguna-Seca Raceway.

Personal finance bloggers check in

Feb 6, 2009
Tess Vigeland brings back three personal finance bloggers she talked to last fall to hear how they and their followers are now faring as economic conditions have worsened.
Jeffrey Long

Collectors view recession differently

Feb 6, 2009
For collectors, keeping their avocations going amid a recession can be the best of times and the worst of times. It just depends what they're looking for. Rico Gagliano reports.