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NPR Topics: Economy

More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, ...

Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently...

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?

How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy

Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.

Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?

Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern.

Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs

The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."