Sep 7, 2012

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The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.1 percent, but that's not necessarily good news. Much of that drop has been attributed to so-called "discouraged workers." We look at a Nevada organization that is training unskilled workers to fill manufacturing jobs. Plus, businesses in the U.S. and Europe are preparing for a possible "Grexit." And both Republicans and Democrats want to appeal to the middle class, but are they talking about the same middle class?

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Nevada program tries to bridge the skills gap

Sep 5, 2012
Youth Radio checks out a pilot program that tries to connect young people with manufacturers who are struggling to fill open jobs.

If it's a sellout, why are all those seats empty?

Sep 7, 2012
The Red Sox continue to extend their record-long streak of Fenway Park sellouts, even though there are many empty seats as the team struggles.

ECB plan may increase risk of Greek eurozone exit

Sep 7, 2012
The plan to buy up bonds from troubled Eurozone economies creates a firewall for nations like Greece and Italy -- expelling Greece may now be less risky.

When the unemployed stop looking for jobs

Sep 7, 2012
Discouraged workers give up after months of fruitless job seeking.

Who is the middle class?

Sep 7, 2012
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney spoke about the middle class in their nomination speeches. But are they speaking about the same middle class?

U.S. firms prep for Greece exit from euro

Sep 7, 2012
From adjusting computer systems to moving cash, U.S. companies are putting contingency plans in place in the event Greece bolts the euro.

Small talk: 'Bob Dylan bond,' 83-year-old flight attendant retires

Sep 7, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: A social media site for the 1 percent, explaining the Bob Dylan bond, and the longest-running flight attendant in the history of aviation retires.

Weekly Wrap: That four letter word j-o-b-s

Sep 7, 2012
Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: jobs. Reaction to the latest jobs report and what steps the Federal Reserve might take next.

The unemployment rate has fallen to 8.1 percent, but that’s not necessarily good news. Much of that drop has been attributed to so-called “discouraged workers.” We look at a Nevada organization that is training unskilled workers to fill manufacturing jobs. Plus, businesses in the U.S. and Europe are preparing for a possible “Grexit.” And both Republicans and Democrats want to appeal to the middle class, but are they talking about the same middle class?

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