Aug 3, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, August 3, 2012

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Today, the Labor Department will tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and what the new unemployment rate is. Here in the U.S., women represent almost half of the labor force. But in the Palestinian territories, the number is far lower -- which is where Maysoon Oday comes in. She has started a radio station to get more women into the workforce. And this Sunday night, NASA's Curiosity Rover will be landing on Mars. The $2.5 billion mission will be getting some big time publicity, broadcasting live on the huge Toshiba Screen in New York's Times Square.

Segments From this episode

The latest Times Square attraction: Mars

Aug 3, 2012
If you want to be surrounded by other earthlings as you watch NASA's Mars rovers land on the red planet, head for Times Square. The rovers, the space agency's biggest hits, will be live on the big screen.

What's a boon for manufacturing? One word: Plastics

Aug 3, 2012
Rust Belt manufacturing isn't just about steel -- an uptick in business is boosting plastics, aluminum, and other products as well.

Hedge funds eye Procter & Gamble

Aug 3, 2012
Hedge fund boss Bill Ackman already owns some $2 billion worth of P&G shares. The company’s poor results may now attract more activist investors.

Empowering working Palestinian women through radio

Aug 3, 2012
Maysoun Odeh Gangat, CEO of the women’s radio station NISAA in Ramallah, explains why there are fewer Palestinian women in business compared to other women in the Middle East -- and how that seems to be changing.

Awaiting the July jobs report

Aug 3, 2012
In just a couple hours we'll get the most important economic numbers of the month. The Labor Department will tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and what the new unemployment rate is.

How Europe watches American unemployment

Aug 3, 2012
Today the world is watching us here in the U.S. The Labor Department is about to tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. last month and what the new unemployment rate is. It's seen as a key indicator for the health of the U.S. economy, which is still the largest in the world.

Television subscriptions wane in popularity

Aug 3, 2012
DirecTV is reporting its first-ever quarterly loss of customers. And it appears those customers are not flocking to the competition -- Time Warner Cable also lost subscribers for the tenth quarter in a row.

Unemployment ticks up to 8.3%, with 163,000 jobs added

Aug 3, 2012
The July jobs report from the Labor Department is out. Last month, unemployment rose from 8.2 to 8.3 percent, while 163,000 jobs were added -- the most in five months.

Reflecting on the July Labor Department report

Aug 3, 2012
The U.S. economy added 163,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent. FTN Financial's chief economist discusses the good and the bad of the report.

Scientists question Draghi's bumblebee metaphor

Aug 3, 2012
In his remarks yesterday, the European Central Bank's Mario Draghi compared the evolution of the euro to that of a bumblebee. Entomologists say that's a confusing metaphor.

Obama adviser Alan Krueger on July's jobs report

Aug 3, 2012
Alan Krueger, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, discusses what President Obama can do to create more jobs.

PODCAST: July jobs report released

Aug 3, 2012
Today, the Labor Department told us 163,000 jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and and the new unemployment rate is 8.3 percent. Here in the U.S., women represent almost half of the labor force. But in the Palestinian territories, the number is far lower -- which is where Maysoon Oday comes in. She has started a radio station to get more women into the workforce. And this Sunday night, NASA's Curiosity Rover will be landing on Mars. The $2.5 billion mission will be getting some big time publicity, broadcasting live on the huge Toshiba Screen in New York's Times Square.
A job seeker goes through a folder before meeting with recruiters at the National Career Fairs' San Francisco South Career Fair on July 16, 2012 in San Mateo, Calif.
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Romney adviser responds to July jobs report

Aug 3, 2012
Glenn Hubbard, an adviser to the Romney campaign, talks about the most recent U.S. jobs report and about Mitt Romney's economic plans if he wins the presidency.

Today, the Labor Department will tell us how many jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and what the new unemployment rate is. Here in the U.S., women represent almost half of the labor force. But in the Palestinian territories, the number is far lower — which is where Maysoon Oday comes in. She has started a radio station to get more women into the workforce. And this Sunday night, NASA’s Curiosity Rover will be landing on Mars. The $2.5 billion mission will be getting some big time publicity, broadcasting live on the huge Toshiba Screen in New York’s Times Square.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC