October 5, 2015 The U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Monday.
October 5, 2015 The U.S. and Pacific Rim countries reached agreement Monday on an ambitious pact that cuts trade barriers, sets new labor and environmental standards and protects intellectual property rights.
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A woman from the Muong ethnic tribe works on her green tea hills, which produce black tea for export, in Tan Son, outside Hanoi, Vietnam.
October 5, 2015 A long process to ease trading between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations is closer to being finalized, as negotiators cleared hurdles on how to handle everything from cars to dairy products.
October 5, 2015 Some colleges give big discounts based on family income. Some don't. Play with Planet Money's interactive graphic to see the average price families pay at 1,550 four-year colleges.
October 2, 2015 Job growth turned out to be a lot slower in September than most economists had been assuming. Now, with hiring looking weak, they think the Federal Reserve may put off any rate increase until 2016.
October 2, 2015 The Labor Department says employers added 142,000 jobs last month, and hiring in July and August was revised lower. The jobless rate remained 5.1 percent as more Americans stopped looking for work.
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Construction workers lay tiles on the roof of a house in Boys Town, Neb.
October 2, 2015 The Department of Labor reported the September jobs numbers in its latest report. New jobs fell short of what most economists had forecast.
Volkswagen sales slowed after it was revealed that the company had been cheating emissions tests by outfitting some diesel cars with "defeat devices."
October 1, 2015 Unsurprisingly, the car company's U.S. sales slowed in the last third of September. Also: German prosecutors say they didn't open a criminal investigation into the former CEO, Martin Winterkorn.
Ceramic handcrafted piggy banks in the shops near Masaya, Nicaragua.
October 1, 2015 Even the poorest of people in the poorest of countries manage their cash. But banks may not want their business, so they might have to hire a money guard or join a ... merry-go-round?
October 1, 2015 New social science research explores why the unemployment rate for blacks is persistently worse than the unemployment rate for whites.
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October 1, 2015 As migrants pour into Europe, there's a debate about the impact they'll have. To help inform that discussion, here's a look at the economic history of the 1980 Mariel boat lift from Cuba to Florida.
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September 30, 2015 NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bloomberg Business reporter Cynthia Koons about how the cost of EpiPen, which fights severe allergic reactions, has increased in the past year alone.
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David Whitcomb of Waynesboro, Va., says he paid a premium for the diesel engine on his 2015 Passat TDI because he thought it would mean fewer emissions.
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September 30, 2015 Many customers who bought cars touted as "clean diesel" now ponder the possibility of having a substantial fix that could cut their vehicle's gas mileage or performance.
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September 30, 2015 Take every standard lesson about how to sell stuff to people and then break all the rules. That's the secret to some of the nation's biggest retail chains.
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Capterpillar says it plans to lay off up to 10,000 workers, with many of those cuts coming in Illinois, amid a slide in equipment orders.
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September 30, 2015 So far, most Americans have benefited from falling commodity prices: Consumer inflation has remained low. But now the pain is spreading as companies like Caterpillar and Alcoa respond to hard times.
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