News & Public Affairs


Unemployment rate at 5-year high listen

09/05/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
Listen to this entire show: listen to this show

The unemployment rate jumped to 6.1 percent in August, its highest level in five years.

Employers cut 84,000 jobs last month, more than economists had expected, and the Labor Department said that more jobs were lost in June and July than previously thought.

Jared Bernstein is a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and an economic advisor to Barack Obama. Bernstein said the engine of job growth hasn’t just stalled, but gone in reverse.

Robert Dye, a senior economist wit...


Job Fair St. Pete following financial bailouts

Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday

Inside the Coliseum in St. Petersburg today, a job fair brought together people looking for work and 38 companies or government agencies that are either hiring or offering employment services.

With unemployment numbers across the country, and especially in the bay area at their highest levels in years, many of the job seekers were determined to find positions but aware of the challenges of the current economy.

Nearly a year ago, the company Neil Schipper worked for declared bankruptcy...

Be the first to comment

Healthy State Local Journalism Center