July 17, 2012 The Republican presidential candidate says he wants to revive an idea first tried under the Bush administration: the personal re-employment account. Long-term unemployed people would get a lump sum to spend on job retraining and education. The idea was tried in eight states in 2004 and 2005.
July 6, 2012 For the long-term unemployed, training for a new profession can help open the door to job opportunities. But starting over can be particularly difficult for older workers. Deborah Klein, 62 and unemployed since 2008, hopes her new training as a pharmacy technician will help her finally land a job.
June 8, 2012 The interest rate on the 10-year Treasury bond issued last week fell to 1.5 percent. That means, if you bought such a bond and inflation stayed about where it is now, you wouldn't make any money. The rates on Japanese and German debt are even lower.
June 5, 2012 A new Obama campaign ad says Massachusetts had one of the country's worst economic records by the end of Mitt Romney's term as governor in 2007. But the Romney campaign says the overall unemployment rate was still very low. Can both campaigns be right?