Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 6, 2013
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Nelson Mandela, the man who lead South Africa to end apartheid and served as an inspiration to many around the world, died yesterday at 95. His death is a reminder of how economics can be a tool of oppression as well as a tool of liberation. The government's official jobs numbers are out this morning. With unemployment in the U.S. still over 7 percent but new jobs being created at a slow but steady clip now, there are lots of people applying for virtually every position advertised. Most of these applicants are screened by a computerized "applicant tracking system." But some applicants are being left out and companies are trying to put the human touch back into the screening process.
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Posted In: Nelson Mandela, South Africa, apartheid
South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world in terms of income distribution, and the differences often fall along racial lines.
Posted In: Barack Obama, secret service, Blackberry, encryption
President Obama revealed this week that he isn't allowed to have an iPhone. The Secret Service makes him stick to a BlackBerry.
The unemployment rate hit a 5-year low, with 203,000 jobs added in November. And, a look at how divestment helped stop apartheid in South Africa.
Posted In: PTSD, virtual reality
At a VA hospital in New York, veterans are being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder inside a virtual reality simulator.
Posted In: jobs numbers, employment, Unemployment
The unemployment level has fallen to 7 percent for the first time since 2008. But people are still suffering.
Posted In: Nelson Mandela, South Africa, divestment, apartheid
In 1982, the University of Maine became one of the first 10 universities in the country to completely divest from South Africa.
Posted In: GDP, BEA, NEA
New calculations on the contribution that arts and culture make to GDP reveal a larger impact than tourism.
Posted In: Nelson Mandela, South Africa
The divided economy that Nelson Mandela had to confront in South Africa.
Posted In: hiring, job search, Unemployment
Innovative job screening platforms that include video interviews may solve some of the concerns with ubiquitous electronic screening systems.
Posted In: silicon tally
1 billion, $.007, 200 million, 13 years, 3 months, 2 million, 2, 2 years, 20-30, 100 percent. Do you know what these numbers mean?