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Mar 8, 2013

Marketplace for Friday, March 8, 2013

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February’s job numbers show there’s more jobs to be had -- Jeff Tyler checks in with a long-time unemployed worker who just found a new job. The GED test will look radically different next year. We explore the origins of…

Segments From this episode

TGIF: Company hosts Beer Cart Fridays

Mar 8, 2013
A health care employer in Florida has a great company policy: Beer Cart Fridays -- on the company's time and dime.

How to build a strong economy? Architecture jobs

Mar 8, 2013
The government's report showed a mild improvement in the overall unemployment rate for February, but some professionals find the path to a job leads back to school.

How much money does a closed school save?

Mar 8, 2013
Last night, the city of Philadelphia approved efforts to close 23 public schools, about 10 percent of the city’s total, because they are underused and the city says they costs too much to keep up. The closures are part of…

Caffeine gum could give Wrigley a jolt

Mar 8, 2013
Wrigley plans to start selling “Alert” gum next month -- that is, gum with caffeine. Gum sales overall are down, and “energy” products are booming. But cities, states and the FDA are investigating caffeine marketing to kids.

GED test supremacy threatened

Mar 8, 2013
The best-known high school equivalency test, the GED, is getting its biggest makeover in decades. It’s also facing increased competition.

A 7.7% unemployment rate: Is the economy back?

Mar 8, 2013
Looking at the jobs numbers in the full context of the country's economic recovery.

A surprise viral hit: Income inequality, the movie

Mar 8, 2013
You may have been forwarded an unusual YouTube video this week, based on an economic analysis of income inequality. But where did it come from?

Oil-boom sprawl swallows a North Dakota city

Mar 8, 2013
The oil industry and the thousands of workers it's attracted have swallowed up communities like Williston, N.D., where neighborhoods on the edge of town now feel like they're in the center.

Augmented reality is... virtually here

Mar 8, 2013
Google’s computer eyeglasses are just one device in a fast-growing field called augmented reality. This kind of technology has been around for a while, but it hasn’t really caught on. Until now.

February’s job numbers show there’s more jobs to be had — Jeff Tyler checks in with a long-time unemployed worker who just found a new job. The GED test will look radically different next year. We explore the origins of a viral YouTube video about income inequality that highlights the off-the-charts wealth held by the country’s top one percent. Wrigley is set to release a new caffeinated gum that’s half as potent as a cup of joe. And for some, life’s getting a bit scarier for those in the oil boom area of Williston, N.D.

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