Where Are the New Jobs?

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On this Labor Day, with unemployment seemingly stuck at 9 percent, all eyes are on Washington, which the Gallop Poll finds more confident about the economy than the rest of America. Last month, the economy created no new jobs at all, and 14 million people are out of work. The unemployed don't stand in lines anymore. They're an invisible army, except on the Internet, which doesn't have the same impact. Democrats and Republicans don't agree on the best way to create more jobs. It's more government spending versus budget cuts and deregulation, and it's unclear if the President will try to change that paradigm in his speech to the joint session on Thursday. (KCRW will broadcast the speech live at 4pm.) We hear about long-term solutions, ask about the short term and hear a voice for the unemployed.




Warren Olney