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May 4, 2012

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Unemployment fell slightly last month, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Not counted: the number of people who have given up looking for work. The Labor Department's report also noted which job fields are hot, and not. Meanwhile, Wall Street is getting Facebook fever ahead of the company's highly anticipated IPO. The government has released new rules on fracking. And filmmaker Jessica Yu talks about her new documentary, which discusses the scarcity of water and how it could reshape economies.

 

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Sitting out the job hunt

May 4, 2012
Unemployment fell slightly last month, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. Not counted: the number of people who have given up looking for work.

Feds issue fracking rules for public lands

May 4, 2012
Companies will have to disclose the chemicals they use to force oil and gas out of the ground. But only after they extract them, not beforehand.

Weekly Wrap: The April jobs report

May 4, 2012
Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: The 115,00 jobs added in April in the United States.

Facebook IPO creates fanfare on Park Ave.

May 4, 2012
Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t there, but JPMorgan flew a Facebook flag as executives visited the bank’s headquarters ahead of Facebook’s IPO.
Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t there, but JPMorgan flew a Facebook flag as executives visited the bank’s headquarters ahead of Facebook’s IPO.
Stacey Vanek Smith/Marketplace

Peak oil? Try peak water.

May 4, 2012
Documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu's new film, "Last Call at the Oasis," explores the water crisis in the U.S. and its impact.

What’s hot, and what’s not, in the workplace

May 4, 2012
The latest trends in the labor market suggest you’re better off looking for job that produces a service, not a physical product.

Spirit Airlines to charge $100 for late carry-on bags

May 4, 2012
Spirit's new fee made us dig into the archives to see what else airlines can charge us for.

Food and fuel prices still trouble consumer

May 4, 2012
Checking back in with truck driver Don Holzschuh out on the road for his perspective on the U.S. economic recovery.

Letters: Unpaid internships and fake flowers

May 4, 2012
Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: Defending the importance of internships and criticizing the advocacy of fake flowers.

Unemployment fell slightly last month, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Not counted: the number of people who have given up looking for work. The Labor Department’s report also noted which job fields are hot, and not. Meanwhile, Wall Street is getting Facebook fever ahead of the company’s highly anticipated IPO. The government has released new rules on fracking. And filmmaker Jessica Yu talks about her new documentary, which discusses the scarcity of water and how it could reshape economies.

 

Music from the episode

Brass Monkey Beastie Boys
Electric Worm Beastie Boys
Girls Beastie Boys
Transitions Beastie Boys
No Sleep Till Brooklyn Beastie Boys