Aug 4, 2017

08/04/2017: Talking trash

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Today's jobs report was good, really good. But as with almost all things economic, it wasn't all sunshine. We'll talk about why, and recap the rest of the week's news. Then: Toyota and Mazda said today they're going to build a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S. in the next couple of years. The news comes amid seven straight months of falling sales for the Big Three American auto companies. Plus: New Yorkers produce a lot of garbage, which is only natural in a city of 8.5 million people. But what’s not so natural is the city's recycling rate: around 17 percent.

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Carting New Yorkers' trash to landfills is expensive. One solution: Make less of it.

Aug 4, 2017
A city plan to increase recycling and food composting is in the works.
One idea to get more people recycling in New York is to give them bags with a bar code on it that would attribute the load to a particular apartment. Above, bags of recycling are piled on a Manhattan street.
Spencer Platt / Getty Images

The fastest-growing job market is also the least-paying

Aug 4, 2017
Today’s jobs report was unexpectedly good: The economy added 209,000 jobs in July. But a deeper dig into the data shows that one of the fastest-growing parts of the job market is the one that pays the least. And that may be one reason why wages are ticking up so slowly. Click the audio player […]

The best way to find a job might be to move

Aug 4, 2017
A Washington Post writer explains why job seekers are staying rooted in their communities.

And we're back! July jobs report shows prerecession numbers

Aug 4, 2017
A roundup of this week's business and economic news.
A now hiring sign is seen on the steps of a business as workers prepare the building for the new restaurant in 2017 in Miami.
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Toyota and Mazda team up to open U.S. plant

Aug 4, 2017
Toyota and Mazda are planning to build a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S. in the next few years. Toyota’s worth about 20 times what Mazda is, so it’s unclear what Toyota is getting from the partnership, but the new plant is rumored to produce electric vehicles. Click the audio player above to hear the […]

Today’s jobs report was good, really good. But as with almost all things economic, it wasn’t all sunshine. We’ll talk about why, and recap the rest of the week’s news. Then: Toyota and Mazda said today they’re going to build a $1.6 billion plant in the U.S. in the next couple of years. The news comes amid seven straight months of falling sales for the Big Three American auto companies. Plus: New Yorkers produce a lot of garbage, which is only natural in a city of 8.5 million people. But what’s not so natural is the city’s recycling rate: around 17 percent.