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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday August 1, 2014

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It’s a total collapse for a global trade deal said to be worth a trillion dollars. The World Trade Organisation had hoped the agreement would add 21 million jobs around the globe, by easing customs rules. But India’s refusal to sign means the deal’s off, now that the deadline has passed. Plus, the housing crash sent many construction workers fleeing to other industries. Now that housing is recovering, builders are struggling with a shortage of skilled workers. That’s delaying housing starts and driving up home prices. And, Mark Garrison talks to Pro Publica Senior Editor Tracy Weber about their recent reporting on a company called USA Discounters that offers easy credit to military service members. The catch? If a service member falls behind, the company aggressively goes after them, by suing them in courts near its Virginia headquarters, making it incredibly difficult for service members to show up in their own defense.


Segments From this episode

The jobs report for July

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 1, 2014
With steady job growth comes an improvement in job quality as well.

As housing recovers, a shortage of skilled workers

by Shannon Mullen Aug 1, 2014
During the housing downturn, construction workers moved to other industries.

What the Concur partnership means for Uber and Airbnb

by Sam Harnett Aug 1, 2014
"Sharing economy" services like Airbnb are wooing business travelers.

Suing soldiers for their debt

by Mark Garrison Aug 1, 2014
USA Discounters gives easy credit to soldiers, then sues them when they can't pay.
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Marketing to Generation Z

by Mark Garrison Aug 1, 2014
Jobs report for July, Uber and Airbnb get into business, and targeting Generation Z.

The next generation to get corporate attention

by Mark Garrison Aug 1, 2014
It used to be all about Generation Y. Now, meet Generation Z.

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