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  • Commodities plunge: good news for consumers

    Commodities like oil, gold, and copper all fell this week. Silver led the plunge in commodities with a 28 percent decline.
    05/07/2011 03:07 pm

  • Michigan unemployment benefits cut short: 'Huge win' or 'reckless'?

    A new Michigan law shortens the duration of unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks. A similar measure is before the Florida legislature.
    03/29/2011 08:53 pm

  • Robert Reich A governor destroys history in the name of promoting business

    Maine Governor Paul LePage is one of many Republicans across the country who is assaulting workers' rights and history to encourage business growth.
    03/24/2011 10:22 am

  • Opinion Hyperinflation led to Hitler and Mao. What will China's currency manipulation lead to?

    China's currency manipulation aggravates US politicians, but it could also upend its own economic gains. By keeping the yuan artificially low, China increases inflation to dire levels. Instead of whining about the policy, the US must emphasize this dangerous tradeoff to China.
    03/01/2011 02:10 pm

  • Women's share of jobs slipping

    Once poised to become a majority of the workforce, women haven't found as many jobs as men during the recovery. But some signs point to an eventual rebound.
    02/11/2011 02:59 pm

  • Nine states don't give maximum unemployment benefits: Does yours?

    Extended unemployment benefits – after the first 26 weeks – are paid by Uncle Sam, but only if states pass legislation allowing it. So far, 37 states and D.C. are on board, four have unemployment levels too low to qualify, and nine just haven't taken action.
    02/07/2011 05:58 pm

  • Unemployment rate drops to 9.4 percent, but little cheer in jobless report

    The unemployment rate is at its lowest level since May 2009, but this partially reflects some people giving up on job searches.
    01/07/2011 12:50 pm

  • Job market's still tough. Seven ways to reenergize your job search.

    For America's jobless, the labor market is sending conflicting signals. On one hand, unemployment in December dropped to 9.4 percent, its lowest rate in 19 months, the US Department of Labor reported Friday. On the other hand, a separate Labor survey showed that the economy added only 103,000 jobs, when economists were expecting about 150,000 new nonfarm jobs. What to make of it all? In fits and starts, the economy is staging a very modest recovery, but it may take years before the nation regains the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. To find a job, many unemployed Americans may need to reenergize their own job search. Here are seven ways to do it:
    01/07/2011 10:46 am

  • Unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent. Will holiday hiring help?

    Unemployment rate remains relatively high, but demand for temp workers is rising. Holiday hiring will add to the pool of temporary jobs. Still, few firms look set to 'staff up' significantly, as they watch for a shift in consumers' mood.
    11/05/2010 05:11 pm

  • Recession over? Not in these four cities.

    America's longest postwar recession officially ended more than a year ago. But in some places, the recession still looks alive and well. Here are four cities that over the past year have seen the biggest drops in employment and at least a 1 percentage point rise in the unemployment rate, according to the US Department of Labor. Is your city on the list?
    11/03/2010 06:39 pm

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What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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