Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 6, 2013
Dec 6, 2013

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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Does online screening shut out good job candidates?

Dec 6, 2013
Innovative job screening platforms that include video interviews may solve some of the concerns with ubiquitous electronic screening systems.

Mandela knew economics could be tool of liberation, or oppression

Dec 6, 2013
The divided economy that Nelson Mandela had to confront in South Africa.

Arts and culture contribute more to U.S. economy than tourism

Dec 6, 2013
New calculations on the contribution that arts and culture make to GDP reveal a larger impact than tourism.

How divestment helped stop apartheid in South Africa

Dec 6, 2013
In 1982, the University of Maine became one of the first 10 universities in the country to completely divest from South Africa.

Unemployment rate hits 5-year low; 203,000 jobs added in November

Dec 6, 2013
The unemployment level has fallen to 7 percent for the first time since 2008. But people are still suffering.

PODCAST: Unemployment at 7 percent for the first time since 2008

Dec 6, 2013
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.

Mandela ended political apartheid in South Africa, but economic apartheid continues

Dec 6, 2013
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.

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. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC