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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now

The falling trade deficit can mean a lot of things

by Kimberly Adams Jan 7, 2020
U.S. consumers could be buying more American products. Or just buying less of everything.
A container ship nears the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles Harbor.
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What's greener: a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

by Tony Wagner Dec 24, 2019
It depends! The Christmas tree a potent symbol not just for the season but for the sustainability of many things we buy.
It's not easy being green.
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Manufacturing closes out the year in a slump

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 16, 2019
Job creation in manufacturing slowed from a boom to a trickle in 2019.
There are fewer jobs in auto assembly and parts so far this year. Above, a worker builds cars on the assembly line at a plant in Chicago, Illinois.
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What new import tariffs mean for one American steel company

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Dec 5, 2019
"People are scrambling to buy steel," said Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Co.
Brazilian and Argentinian steel on the way to the United States got 25% more expensive after the president's tweet.
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Make Me Smart With Kai and Molly

Our economy has changed. Should our economic indicators change, too?

by Mitchell Hartman and Tony Wagner Nov 26, 2019
That question stumped Kai and Molly on this week's "Make Me Smart." Here's the answer.
Don't count manufacturing out yet.
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The people who connect the China and U.S. markets

by Jennifer Pak Oct 4, 2019
Darren Quon and James Gau worked in manufacturing before moving into the business of consulting and sourcing.
Skyline of Dongguan city, a manufacturing hub.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace
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The Chinese manufacturers behind U.S. shoe brands

by Jennifer Pak Oct 3, 2019
Shoe manufacturing shifted from Europe and the U.S., to Japan and Brazil, then to South Korea and Taiwan. Now, much of it takes place in mainland China.
Workers at Changjian Shoe factory in Dongguan city.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

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What is the service economy, anyway?

by Marielle Segarra Oct 3, 2019
The vast majority of American jobs are in the services sector; as distinct to manufacturing, agriculture and others.
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The Chinese workers who make your shoes

by Jennifer Pak Oct 2, 2019
China makes almost 70% of the shoes imported into the U.S.
Most people who produce goods for the U.S. come from China's poor countryside.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio

Chicago PMI shows signs of slowing economy

by Erika Beras Oct 1, 2019
One of the economy's warning lights just switched on.
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