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How did London become an education superpower?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:50
How did London become an education superpower?

Why don't we count all the unemployed?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:32

Lesley Perkins is a human resources management consultant who’s been unemployed for about 3 1/2 years.

“I feel forgotten and ignored by our society,” she says.

Perkins also feels ignored by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  It only counts you as unemployed if you’ve “actively looked for work” in the past four weeks.  But Perkins isn’t sure what that means.

“Is it actually filling out a job application or is it actually going to networking functions and trying to connect with people there?” she says.

I was confused, too, so I called Jim Walker, a Bureau of Labor Statistics economist.  He says the Bureau will count you if you send out a resume as you’re surfing websites.  Or hand someone a resume as you’re networking. People who aren’t so active in their job search aren’t counted in the official jobless numbers.  But the Bureau still keeps track of them.  They’re labeled the “marginally attached.”

“People who just say 'Well, I’m not working. I would want a job but I’m not looking right now,'” says Walker.

The Bureau gets its numbers by talking to real people. It surveys 60,000 households, asking people if they’re working or looking for a job.  Justin Wolfers, a labor economist at the University of Michigan, says part of the confusion is you can be counted as unemployed, even if you don’t get an unemployment check.

“One part of the government says you’re not unemployed in the sense that they’re not going to pay you benefits. But another part says 'No, no, we’re definitely going to count you as unemployed,'” he says.

Wolfers says the Bureau’s system isn’t perfect.  But it’s about the best we can hope for, because there is no easy way to measure unemployment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Hugh Laurie is trending in Algeria

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:28
Why is Hugh Laurie trending in Algeria?

Man faces life over teenager murder

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:27
John Davis admits murdering Fife teenager Hazel North whose body was found in a park in Kilmarnock.

VA Offers Doctor's Appointment To Man Who Died In 2012

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:25

A Massachusetts woman got a letter saying that a Veterans Affairs hospital was ready to see her husband, a Vietnam veteran who died of a brain tumor nearly two years ago.

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Pistorius 'became global icon'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:21
Oscar Pistorius became a "global icon" at the London Olympics and was set for further success, his manager tells his murder trial.

VIDEO: Roads 'too dangerous' for cyclists

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:11
More than half of British adults believe the roads in their local area are too dangerous to cycle on, suggests a BBC poll.

Japan approves landmark military move

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 06:08
Japan's cabinet approves a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas.

Where is the hardest place in the UK to be a busker?

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:38
Which part of the country has the most stringent restrictions on street performers?

Lallana completes £25m Liverpool move

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:36
Southampton captain Adam Lallana completes a £25m transfer to Liverpool after the England midfielder passes a medical.

Trident 'in UK's national interest'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:35
It is in the UK's national security interest to keep the Trident nuclear weapons system, a group of former ministers, diplomats and generals say.

'Celebrity' claim of Jayden killer

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:33
The ex-boyfriend of murdered Jayden Parkinson told a prison worker he was a "celebrity", a court hears.

Erdogan to run for Turkey presidency

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:30
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to run for president in the August election, the ruling AK Party confirms.

Thousands Rally In Hong Kong To Call For Democratic Vote

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:16

Activists are threatening to blockade the city's financial district unless China allows a free and fair vote to elect Hong Kong's leader.

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Keane named Aston Villa assistant boss

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:05
Roy Keane returns to club football as he is named the new assistant manager at Aston Villa, working under Paul Lambert.

West Midlands PCC dies aged 59

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 05:05
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones dies aged 59.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:50
MPs condemn the murder of three Israeli teens who were abducted in the West Bank.

VIDEO: Harris plaque 'likely to be removed'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:45
The Mayor of Perth in Western Australia has told the BBC that a plaque to the disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is likely to be removed from the city of his birth.

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:42

Insurers and some Democratic senators say people should have a cheaper option on the health exchanges. But those plans may leave people with painfully high copays and deductibles if they get sick.

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Third baby in feed probe dies

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 04:41
A third death linked to contaminated hospital feed for premature babies has died, according to Public Health England.
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