Marilyn Geewax http://kut.org en U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts http://kut.org/post/us-job-growth-slows-jobless-face-benefit-cuts The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/05/176321767/job-growth-slows-sharply-but-unemployment-rate-dips">discouraging news</a> Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.<p>The smaller-than-expected increase in payrolls was a big disappointment, coming after a long stretch of much better results. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:39:37 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 7245 at http://kut.org U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook http://kut.org/post/2013-begins-pretty-positive-job-outlook If you're searching for work in this new year, the Labor Department's final jobs report for 2012 suggests: The trend is your friend in 2013.<p>The jobs outlook is actually "pretty positive," said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an employment consulting firm.<p>Challenger said that, after 34 straight months of job growth, the positive trend is well established and likely to continue. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:30:02 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 6064 at http://kut.org As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook Economists See (OK-ish) Growth In 2013 http://kut.org/post/economists-forecast-ok-ish-growth-2013 Suddenly, the new year is looking a bit brighter — at least in the eyes of most economists and investors.<p>On Day 1 of 2013, Congress voted to veer away from the "fiscal cliff" by <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/01/01/168400575/ball-in-boehners-court-after-senate-approves-fiscal-cliff-deal">passing a package of provisions</a> that avoided broad tax hikes and big spending cuts. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 20:41:24 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 6035 at http://kut.org Economists See (OK-ish) Growth In 2013 Back-To-School Shoppers Open Wallets, But Carefully http://kut.org/post/back-school-shoppers-open-wallets-carefully After months of sitting on their wallets, Americans went shopping in July. The uptick reported Tuesday is boosting economists' hopes for a reasonably strong back-to-school season. And retailers are looking for clues about how the holiday shopping season will turn out later in the year.<p>"This is a good report," Chris Christopher, an economist with IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, wrote in an assessment of the latest report. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:46:12 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 4879 at http://kut.org Back-To-School Shoppers Open Wallets, But Carefully Credit Card Debt Cut: The Reason May Surprise You http://kut.org/post/credit-card-debt-cut-reason-may-surprise-you A Federal Reserve study showing that Americans lost wealth in the Great Recession turned up another, perhaps more surprising, result: Credit card debt fell sharply.<p>"The percentage of families using credit cards for borrowing dropped over the period; the median balance on their accounts fell 16.1 percent" between 2007 and 2010, the report concluded.<p>The data appeared Monday in the <a href="http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/bulletin/2012/pdf/scf12.pdf">Survey of Consumer Finances</a>, a widely followed source of information about the financial condition of American families.<p>The Fed stud Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:14:57 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 4468 at http://kut.org Credit Card Debt Cut: The Reason May Surprise You