- Newsmaker: Jobless Rate Shoots Up to 6 Percent
American companies slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs to cope with last year's recession. Last month payrolls grew for the first time in 9 months, but it wasn't enough as unemployment shot up to 8 percent, the highest in nearly eight years. Jared Bernstein, formerly with the Clinton Labor Department, now at the Economic Policy Institute, explains the apparent contradiction.
- Reporter's Notebook: Who Are Le Pen's Voters?
He stunned all French by beating Prime Minister Lionel Jospin to qualify for the runoff election against incumbent President Jacques Chirac. The backlash against him is so strong that many TV personalities refuse to interview him and Chirac says he won't demean himself by debating him. So, who is supporting Jean-Marie Le Pen? Yaroslav Trofimov, staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has the surprising answer.
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