Sep 5, 2008

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Jobless rate's just the start of bad news

Sep 5, 2008
Unemployment hit 6.1% last month -- the highest in nearly five years. It was the 8th-straight month of fewer jobs, with a total drop of 600,000 jobs this year. But some economists believe the real story is even uglier. Steve…

Made-to-order no longer computes

Sep 5, 2008
Dell is looking to revamp its signature process of building its products to order. And it's reportedly talking about selling off most of its facilities and having somebody else make its computers. Mitchell Hartman reports.

At $200, one laptop per everyone?

Sep 5, 2008
The non-profit program called One Laptop Per Child will be teaming up with big business this holiday season to make it easier for anyone to buy one of its $200 models. Dan Grech reports.

Value of U.S. assets worries China

Sep 5, 2008
China's central bank is reported to be concerned about its relatively low capital base, which is partly a result of the economic problems in the United States. Ashley Milne-Tyte has more.

Chinese prefer paying with cash

Sep 5, 2008
China is in the middle of a huge boom in consumer spending, which would seem to be good news for credit card companies. But the Chinese haven't warmed to the idea of paying with plastic. Lisa Chow reports.

Big Story: Falling oil prices

Sep 5, 2008
Oil has been a big story all week, as hedge funds and traders have tried to figure out what the falling prices mean. Tess Vigeland takes a closer look with Kai Ryssdal.
A motorist pumps gasoline into his car at a Shell in San Rafael, Calif.
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Betting on premium chocolate lovers

Sep 5, 2008
These days, many Americans are saying good-bye to life's little luxuries. But one Minneapolis business owner is hoping consumers won't let the sinking economy beat their love of chocolate. Annie Baxter reports.

Paulson's successor faces more crises

Sep 5, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has announced he will step down when the new president is sworn into office in January. Commentator Bill McConnell has some thoughts on what's in store for the next Treasury secretary.

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