Mar 6, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 6, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 6, 2009

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Count on Census Bureau for lots of jobs

Mar 6, 2009
In the past, finding people to fill census jobs wasn't easy. But with millions of people out of work, many qualified candidates are heading to the U.S. Census Bureau seeking a job. Alex Cohen reports.

Dog-sled race has a little less bark

Mar 6, 2009
The Iditarod, a 1,100-mile dog-sled race across Alaska, is hurting in this recession. Prize money is down and costs are up. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Grim outlook for unemployment

Mar 6, 2009
Unemployment numbers are expected to soar, making it a high priority at a Congressional economic committee hearing today. As the Obama administration works on economic recovery, will the unemployment rates improve? Ronni Radbill reports.

Laid Off Camp helps unemployed

Mar 6, 2009
After being laid off from her job, Rachel Steinberg headed to camp. But she wasn't roasting marshmallows. She was attending a camp that teaches the jobless how to cope. Steve Chiotakis speaks with the San Francisco resident about what she learned.

Will tax preparers stay in high demand?

Mar 6, 2009
Almost 60 percent of Americans use a professional for their tax needs. But as people simplify their financial portfolios and the popularity of online tax preparation grows, will tax professionals still be in demand? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Investors may bail out financial system

Mar 6, 2009
The U.S. government is developing a plan to give wealthy investors the chance to buy securities that finance consumer lending, without the risk of massive losses. Dan Grech breaks down how the plan could work.

EU calls for GM crisis meeting

Mar 6, 2009
Struggling automaker GM has been approaching individual European governments for help. Now the European Union is calling for a crisis meeting with countries that have GM factories. Christopher Werth reports.

Sunshine brightens economic blues

Mar 6, 2009
As we spring forward for daylight saving, the sunshine may be just what the doctor ordered. Bill Radke speaks with Dr. Louis Krahn about how light therapy can help with the economic and winter blues.

Unemployment soars to 25-year high

Mar 6, 2009
The Labor Department says the nation's unemployment rate soared to 8.1 percent in February, its highest level since 1983. Steve Chiotakis breaks down what the numbers mean with James Angel, finance professor at Georgetown University.

Barbie's off to China amid falling sales

Mar 6, 2009
Barbie's turning 50. But she has bigger problems than just getting older. Sales of the iconic doll are down 21%. So parent company Mattel is hoping for a sales boost as it opens its first-ever Barbie megastore in China. Scott Tong reports.

No hiding from unemployment effects

Mar 6, 2009
Unemployment is affecting people from all walks of life. As Dan Grech reports, things could even get worse.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC