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NPR Topics: Economy

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Rival Humana

If the deal passes anti-trust scrutiny, it would be the largest-ever such acquisition in the insurance industry.

Greece's Bailout Referendum Boils Down To: Yes Or No

On Sunday, the people of Greece will vote on their country's future. What happens when voters are asked to choose between two options that could send their country down two very different paths?

Busy Travel Weekend Raises Concerns About Transportation Infrastructure

Expect heavy traffic and busy airports if traveling this Independence Day weekend. Travel industry groups say with unemployment down and wages ticking up, more Americans will be on the move.

New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

The president's proposal would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. But the changes don't mean that employers will pay more.

So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

The Labor Department's June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015's first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.

Man Offers Cheap Housing In Silicon Valley By Renting Out Backyard Tent

Due to high costs of housing in Silicon Valley, John Potter rents out a tent on Airbnb for $46 a night.

Obama Touts New Federal Overtime Pay Rule In Wisconsin

President Obama traveled to Wisconsin Friday to tout the administration's new proposed rule that could make 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay.

Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was elected on the promise of renegotiating the regimen of austerity imposed on Greece by its creditors. And Europe warned him it expected Greece to repay its debts.

In June Jobs Report, Positive Numbers Belie Frustrations Beneath Surface

Employers added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. But wage growth was flat, and the drop in the unemployment rate had a lot to do with people leaving the workforce.

Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

The economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, including 223,000 in June, but the Labor Department report for last month shows more people are also leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.