Planet Money
8:37 am
Fri November 4, 2011

32 Ways Of Looking At Unemployment, In One Chart

Jacob Goldstein, Aly Hurt, and Jess Jiang NPR

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:14 pm

The unemployment rate fell slightly to 9 percent in October, according to this morning's big jobs report. But this single number hides a huge variation among different groups.

For high school grads in their early 20s, for example, the unemployment rate is about 18 percent. For college grads in their 30s and 40s, the rate is under 5 percent.

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NPR Story
8:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon Makes Market Debut

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 8:15 am

Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.

The Two-Way
8:10 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Top Stories: Jobless Rate Dips, Corzine Resigns, Europe Looks For Help

Good morning.

Things have been a bit busy already today. Our early headlines:

-- Unemployment Rate Dips To 9 Percent; 80,000 Jobs Added.

-- Corzine Resigns From MF Global.

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Alice Reese
7:45 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Movie Picks with Alice Reese, 11-04-11

Alice previews "Tower Heist," "The Double" and "The Skin I'm In."

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Business
7:43 am
Fri November 4, 2011

MF Global CEO Steps Down

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Jon Corzine out of a job.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: The Wall Street veteran and former governor of New Jersey stepped down today from his latest high-powered job as chairman and CEO of the securities firm MF Global. That company filed for bankruptcy earlier this week.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Unemployment Rate Dips To 9 Percent; 80,000 Jobs Added

The nation's unemployment rate ticked down to 9 percent in October from 9.1 percent in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

Meanwhile, there was a net gain of 80,000 jobs on public and private payrolls. Private-sector employment went up by 104,000 jobs. Government agencies reduced their payrolls by 20,000.

We'll have more from the report shortly.

Update at 8:40 a.m. ET. More Details:

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Elections
7:19 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Filing for March primaries just around the corner

Local candidates with intentions to run for office next year can make it official beginning next Saturday, November 12. The final day to file is December 12.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Corzine Resigns From MF Global

Jon Corzine.
Rich Schultz AP

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 2:42 pm

(A new top and some other material were added to this post at 11:50 a.m. ET.)

Jon Corzine is now the unofficial "poster child of the times" and the "fall guy" that all those who blame Wall Street for much of the nation's economic troubles can point to, Reuters columnists Antony Currie and Jeffrey Goldfarb write.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Pakistan: 'The Ally From Hell' That Hides Its Nukes From The U.S.

On the Afghan side of the border with Pakistan, a U.S. soldier stood guard last month as a boy walked by in Nangarhar province.
Tauseef Mustafa AFP/Getty Images

The headlines this morning on the websites of The Atlantic and National Journal certainly grab your attention:

-- "The Ally From Hell." (The Atlantic)

-- "The Pentagon's Secret Plans To Secure Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal." (National Journal)

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Jobs Report May Offer Glimmer Of Good News

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 6:01 am

The most-anticipated economic news of the week — word about the October unemployment rate and, hopefully, how many jobs were added to payrolls last month — is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

A month ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the jobless rate in September was 9.1 percent and that 103,000 jobs were added to private and government payrolls.

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