Archive for the ‘Unemployment’ Category

Uploading the Human Mind to a Machine   Leave a comment

SPAIN-TECHNOLOGY-ROBOTLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/2017-03-23

Summary: Technology has become increasingly present in various markets.  ESports is an up and coming sports league that is centered around video games, and artificial intelligence involves uploading the human mind into a machine.  These are two recent trends in the technology sector that Marketplace discusses in this podcast.

Original Air Date: March 23, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 12 seconds

Discussion Question: How does advancing technology impact jobs? What effect does it have on unemployment, if any at all?

Why have 1.4 million prime-age men dropped out of work?   Leave a comment

prime agedLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/28/world/why-have-14-million-prime-age-men-dropped-out-work

Summary: About 1.4 million men, ages ranging from 25-54, have left the workforce since even before the Great Recession began. Looking at data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common reason for leaving the workforce has been being ill or disabled. Economist William Rodgers discussed the obstacles to their rejoining the workforce.

Original Air Date: March 28, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 50 seconds

The Great Inflation   Leave a comment

great inflationLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/11/20/456855788/episode-664-the-great-inflation

Summary: In this Podcast, high inflation in the 70’s and 80’s is examined in depth. The Planet Money team find there is more to inflation than just a surplus of money in the economy.

Original Air Date: November 21, 2015

Length: 24 minutes 45 seconds

The Trouble With The Poverty Line   Leave a comment

Marion Matthew supports herself and her son in New York City on $23,000 a year. According to the government, she does not live in poverty.Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/20/224511346/episode-487-the-trouble-with-the-poverty-line

Summary: The Planet Money team investigates the outdated qualifications for the Poverty Line in America and the need for a new formula to alleviate the suffering. This podcast includes a brief history of the Poverty Line.

Original Air Date: September 20, 2013

Length: 11 minutes 47 seconds

 

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?   Leave a comment

The golden archesLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/03/06/286861541/does-raising-the-minimum-wage-kill-jobs

Summary: Minimum wage is a hot topic in the economic realm. In this podcast the same study is done three times resulting in different outcomes on the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.

Original Air Date: March 6, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 32 seconds

How The Tough Economy Changes Young People’s Lives   Leave a comment

tough economy changes youngLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/how-tough-economy-changes-young-peoples-lives

Summary: Many people are still feeling the after-effects of the Great Recession, especially young adults. Young adults still have a higher than average unemployment rate, and are not hitting traditional milestones–such as living alone, starting careers, buying their first home–and have been described as a generation that has “failed to launch” due to the poor economy. Everything that is happening to this generation is happening later in life as they work to launch themselves as independent, self-supporting adults in the harsh economic environment.

Original Air Date: September 16, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 36 seconds

Fed’s ‘Operation Twist,’ Explained In 4 Easy Steps   Leave a comment

twistLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/09/21/140643696/operation-twist-explained-in-4-easy-steps

Summary: How does the Fed lower interest rates? This podcast gives a quick, four step process on how the Fed can lower interest rates in order to combat unemployment.

Original Air Date: September 21, 2011

Length: 4 min