economy

Council Approves Plan
3:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

City Will Have To Help With $15 Minimum Wage, Says One Nonprofit

Downtown Emergency Services Center Executive Director Bill Hobson.
Credit From DESC's Facebook page.

David Hyde talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of Downtown Emergency Service Center, about how his organization would implement the $15 minimum wage and why he's advocating that the city help.

STEM Workers From Abroad
3:01 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Study: More Skilled Foreign Workers Could Mean Higher Wages In Cities

Ross Reynolds talks to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at U.C. Davis, about how foreign-born workers in science and technology might affect the health of economies. Peri argues that the federal government should increase the cap on H-1B worker visas, which would ultimately encourage economic growth and innovation.

Financial Crisis
9:54 am
Fri May 30, 2014

'Stress Test': Before, During And After The Panic Of 2008

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and President Barack Obama at the G20 London Summit, 2 April 2009.
Flickr Photo/Downing Street (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The financial crisis of 2008 is widely referred to as the worst fiscal disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened large financial institutions with collapse and resulted in bank bailouts and downturns in stock and housing markets around the world.

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Game Of Homes
3:30 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'To Have A Place Where I Can Have Food'

David Allen and his dog Blade - 'the love of his life' - live at the Pat Williams Apartments, a subsidized housing complex.
Credit KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

The Census Bureau estimates Seattle grew faster than any other major American city last year. As more people move here, the pressure is on to find an affordable home.

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Creative Problem Solving
4:12 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Thinking Like A Freak, Economically Speaking

Steven D. Levitt (left), Arwen Nicks and Stephen J. Dubner in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo

Arwen Nicks talks with best selling authors Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner about their most recent book, "Think Like A Freak."

Author Interview
10:18 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Nomi Prins On The History Of Wall Street And The White House

Credit Nomi Prins' new book, "All the Presidents' Bankers"

In Nomi Prins' new book "All the Presidents' Bankers," she delves into over a century of close ties between the White House and Wall Street. Using archival correspondence, she explores the ways a small group of influential people, elected and not, has shaped American policy at home and abroad. The book details economic expansion, contraction and crises from the panic of 1907 to today, in the context of what Prins calls America’s genealogy of power.

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Economics
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Americans Don't Understand The Budget, And It's Partially The Media's Fault

Flickr Photo/BC Gov Photos

Ross Reynolds talks with economist Dean Baker about why the way we talk about numbers is wrong, and how we can do it better.

News From Canada
4:12 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Canada's Middle Class Surpasses U.S. Middle Class

Credit Flickr Photo/Robert Fairchild (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the latest news from Canada.

Agriculture
7:25 am
Wed April 30, 2014

High Milk, Beef Prices Spur A Northwest Cattle Rush

Dean Hibbs, with All West Select Sires, could be called the date doctor for dairy and beef cows. He’s tallying their traits and seeing which bull might be the best match to produce the highest-quality dairy calf.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 10:24 am

We’ve all heard of the Western Gold Rush. But how about the Northwest cattle rush?

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Local Economy
2:52 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Finding Business Outside Of Boeing In Snohomish County

Boeing's Everett factory.
Credit Flickr Photo/David Prasad (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business columnist Jon Talton about the economic climate of Snohomish County — with and without Boeing's business.

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Lending Down
11:20 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Housing Market Sputters, Defying Expectations

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:02 pm

In what’s usually the busiest home-buying season, mortgage lending dropped to its lowest level in 14 years and purchases of new homes sank 14.5 percent.

Some of the factors: mortgage rates have ticked up and investors who snapped up homes last year have retreated. What’s in store for the near future of the housing market?

Tom LaMalfa, an economist and contributor to Mortgage Banking Magazine, discusses this with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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Economic
2:59 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Growing Wage Gap Between Executives And Workers

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about the growing income gap between CEOs and workers.

Unemployment
3:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth

Sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, Washington, D.C., January 1, 2012.
Credit Flickr Photo/Victoria Pickering

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services.

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Economy
3:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

How Collaborative Commons Is The Beginning Of The End For Capitalism

Credit Jeremy Rifkin's latest book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society."

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeremy Rifkin about his new book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism."

Economy
3:21 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Challenges Of The Northwest's Maritime Industry

Credit Flickr Photo/Charles Spurr (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about the challenges facing the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest.

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