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NPR Topics: Economy

Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key ...

Once Prone To Danger On The High Seas, New System Protects Alaska Fishermen

When regulations were imposed to protect Alaska's fisheries it led to a dangerous race to catch fish as fast as possible. A new system to manage sustainable fishing is making the job safer.

Ecuador's Oil Bust Draws Parallels To 1990s Financial Crisis

Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last majo...

Local Charities Capitalize On Holiday Rush With Day Of Giving

There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, in some places, a single day dedicated to getting people to give to local nonprofits. In Lancaster County, Penn., they call it the Extraordinary Give — ...

Pharmaceutical Companies Pfizer, Allergan To Merge In $160 Billion Deal

U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its rival Allergan have agreed to merge in order to lower its corporate taxes, creating the world's largest pharmaceutical company by sales.

U.S. Drug Giant Pfizer To Buy Ireland-Based Allergan

In one of the biggest health care mergers ever, Pfizer says it has clinched a deal to buy Allergan for over $150 billion. Pfizer says it plans to move its headquarters to Dublin to avoid U.S. taxes.

The Scene In Paris: Fewer Tourists, More Armed Guards

France is the world's most-visited country, but thousands of tourists have canceled trips since the Paris attacks. Big conventions have been postponed. Music acts like U2 have canceled concerts.

This Holiday Season, Retailers Will Be Wishing For More Workers

U.S. retailers are looking to add more than 700,000 jobs this holiday season — about the same as last year. But retailers may have a harder time filling those jobs because of a shrinking labor pool.

Global Economic Impact Of European Security Boost

Following the attacks in Paris, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with JP Morgan analyst David Kelly about how increased military action and border security by the European Union could affect the economy.

Ford Workers Approve Contract With UAW By Slim Margin

With a 51.4 percent vote, the last of the Big Three automakers has approved its new four-year labor contract. The deal, which covers 53,000 workers, raises wages and includes new seniority rights.