Jan 6, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 6, 2012

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The economy continues to add jobs, but not fast enough to make campaigning easy for President Obama. The government is about to reveal how many hours people work on average each week. Many businesses aren't happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week. Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.

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The average work week may not be so average

Jan 6, 2012
The government today is revealing how many hours people work on average each week. People say they're working harder, but productivity has a breaking point.

Debt downgraded, Hungary asks for help

Jan 6, 2012
Hungary is the latest European Union country to head into trouble, but it isn't part of the eurozone.

Fast food chains offering deals in January

Jan 6, 2012
Chains like Wendy's, KFC and Taco Bell are all slashing prices on some items in January -- just call them "resolution busters."
KFC is celebrating its 60th anniversary in Canada by releasing a bucket of chicken that prints photos. Really.
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Mid-day Extra: Not so Hot Pockets

Jan 6, 2012
Why is the frozen food industry hurting, even as more people are dining at home?
Amelia's Grocery Outlet employee Dale Groff stocks a freezer in New Holland, Penn. GDP is rising, but are we growing in the wrong areas? We may be stocking up on too much inventory.
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U.S. adds over 200,000 jobs in December

Jan 6, 2012
The Labor Department reported the U.S. economy added 200,00 jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 2009.

Expanding web-name universe worries business groups

Jan 6, 2012
Many businesses aren't happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week.

European job market struggles more than U.S.

Jan 6, 2012
In Europe, some countries in the north are doing well while in southern countries like Italy and Spain, unemployment is skyrocketing.

Diesel car market poised to grow in 2012

Jan 6, 2012
Chrysler announced plans to add 1,100 of them at its assembly plant in Detroit. The new workers will build a diesel version of the Jeep Cherokee. It's the latest of many U.S. automaker announcements for diesel cars and trucks.

Unemployment falls to 8.5%, lowest in three years

Jan 6, 2012
The nation's economy added 200,000 jobs in the month of December, while the jobless rate ticked down to 8.5 percent.

U.S. Labor Secretary on December jobs numbers

Jan 6, 2012
Hilda Solis, the Secretary of the Labor Department, discusses the jobs picture today, and where we still need to improve.

PODCAST: The 8.5%

Jan 6, 2012
The economy continues to add jobs, but not fast enough to make campaigning easy for President Obama. The government is about to reveal how many hours people work on average each week. Many businesses aren't happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week. Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.
Unemployment numbers for the month of December 2011 showed some positive signs.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

U.S. market for diesel cars could grow

Jan 6, 2012
New fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. mean that cars that have been popular in Europe for years could be seen more frequently on American soil.

Prison alternatives more profitable for offenders

Jan 6, 2012
Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.

The economy continues to add jobs, but not fast enough to make campaigning easy for President Obama. The government is about to reveal how many hours people work on average each week. Many businesses aren’t happy about a move to start registering an expanded number of web suffixes next week. Alternative sentencing through special problem-solving courts is better for the job prospects and earning potential of offenders.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC