Mar 9, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 9, 2012

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The monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department today. How did February fare? Chris Farrell explains how the process for finding a job has changed in the last few years. The cost of the federal food stamp program…

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South by Southwest opens -- tech flourishes

Mar 9, 2012
The South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, is famous for its music. It is also a film and technology event, worth tens of millions of dollars.

Unemployment rate stable at 8.3% in February

Mar 9, 2012
Steady job growth continues in the U.S., with 227,000 jobs added last month.
Job seekers line up to apply for a job opening in Miami, Florida. In February, the U.S. economy overall added 227,000 jobs.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

How Japan can move forward, one year after Fukushima

Mar 9, 2012
One year after the tsunami and Fukushima disaster in Japan, Scott Tong revisits with one Japanese man who sees the brighter future for his country.

Today's jobs report not a full view of U.S. employment

Mar 9, 2012
Economists expect continued improvement in the job market, and perhaps another dip in the unemployment rate -- which is currently at 8.3 percent.

Did writing off debt in Greece count as a default?

Mar 9, 2012
In Greece, private investors have agreed to write off about 75 percent of their loans to the country.

Where the strengths lie in today's jobs report

Mar 9, 2012
The big news this morning is the February jobs report from the Labor Department. U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs last month and previous estimates for December and January were revised higher.

White House economist speaks on stable job numbers

Mar 9, 2012
The jobless rate in the U.S. held steady at 8.3 percent and the U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs in February. Alan Krueger of the White House Council of Economic Advisers explains what still needs to be done.

Teens still watching many hours of TV a day

We might have overestimated the extent to which the use of iPhones, iPads, Netflix and Facebook are taking over the lives of teens.
Federal rules about closed-captioning only apply to broadcast TV, not online-only streaming services.
Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Netflix

The international perspective on U.S. unemployment

Mar 9, 2012
Last month, the jobless rate was 8.3 percent in the U.S. The new number comes out this morning, and we aren't the only ones watching.
People wait in line at a government employment office in the Cruz Roja suburb of Sevilla on January 27, 2012. What do people in Europe think of the unemployment situation here in the U.S.?
CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images

PODCAST: 227,000 jobs added, Greek crisis averted

Mar 9, 2012
The monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department today. How did February fare? Chris Farrell explains how the process for finding a job has changed in the last few years. The cost of the federal food stamp program…

Food stamp fraud grows in the U.S.

Mar 9, 2012
A recent report says that as the food stamp program has grown, so has fraud. And it's costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars.

How the job hunt has changed in this economy

Mar 9, 2012
Technology has become a good way of keeping up with your networks and connections in your job search.

Hungary finds creative solution to help the poor

Mar 9, 2012
Almost all the $7.5 billion worth of Hungarian banknotes in circulation pass through the Hungarian Central Bank annually, to make sure they are clean, untorn and suitable to be used to buy and sell things. The rest can be burned…

The monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department today. How did February fare? Chris Farrell explains how the process for finding a job has changed in the last few years. The cost of the federal food stamp program has also changed since the start of the recession, doubling to 45 million Americans who are now receiving food assistance. And at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the focus might be shifting from music to technology.

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