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  • China Trade Impasse Frustrates U.S. Lawmakers Friday, 25 May 2007 | 12:10 PM ET

    China's Vice Premier Wu Yi in a speech Thursday night rebuffed U.S. demands for trade and currency reforms. President Bush commented that he was "disappointed." What does this mean for trade relations between the two key economic powers? Morris Reid, former Commerce Department aide under President Bill Clinton, and Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of The Polling Company, gave their opposing views on "Morning Call."

  • SEC Opens Probe After Dow Chemical Firings Friday, 25 May 2007 | 9:03 AM ET

    The U.S. securities regulator is probing whether two Dow Chemical executives engaged in unauthorized talks to sell the company, according to a source close to the matter.

  • U.S.-China Trade Talks Fuel Debate On Enforcing Rules Tuesday, 22 May 2007 | 2:53 PM ET

    This week's U.S.-China trade talks have prompted debate about whether Washington should do more to enforce current trade laws. Two trade policy experts took opposite sides of the question on "Morning Call."

  • Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fell 5,000 Last Week Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 12:16 PM ET

    The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly fell 5,000 last week, government data showed on Thursday, while a more reliable barometer of labor trends fell to its lowest in more than a year.

  • French First-Quarter Employment Rises 0.6% Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 4:08 AM ET

    French employment rose a provisional 0.6% in the first quarter, after an 0.2% rise in the previous quarter, statistics office Insee said.

  • Office Bullies Hurt Bottom Line Friday, 11 May 2007 | 2:40 PM ET

    What happens when the class bully resurfaces at the office? Morale and productivity take the punch, according to a study. Nearly 45% of U.S. workers have toiled for an office bully, according to an Employment Law Alliance survey -- and 12 states are weighing legislation to keep the statistic in check. ... But Stephen Hirschfeld, the CEO of Employment Law Alliance, said on "Morning Call" that legislation isn’t needed.

  • Robert Brusca, chief economist at Fact and Opinion Economics, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that strong employment and low inflation will continue to support consumer spending.

  • Family & Money: Mom's Juggling Act Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 5:47 PM ET

    An increasing number of employers are offering flexible-work arrangements as a way of attracting and retaining top talent. The trend is being aided by technology and driven by shifting demographics and a more global economy.

  • Private Equity Seen as Blessing, Curse Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 2:53 PM ET

    Is private equity enriching an elite handful of investors, or is there a "trickle-down" benefit to others? On "Power Lunch," Stephen Lerner, director of the Private Equity Project at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Michael Madden, co-founder and managing partner of BlackEagle Partners, squared off on the question.

  • 'Bernankenomics' Sparks Inflation vs. Growth Debate Thursday, 10 May 2007 | 1:32 PM ET

    Unemployment has hit a five-year low, yet inflation remains a top concern. Has Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s first year on the job been good for America? “Morning Call” brought experts to debate. Michael Panzner, the author of “Financial Armageddon,” said Bernanke has people focused in the wrong direction. ... Greg Hess, dean of faculty at Claremont McKenna College, disagrees: “The Fed is clearly on its toes,” he said.

  • Australian Jobs Surge, Unemployment at 32-Year Low Wednesday, 9 May 2007 | 10:55 PM ET

    Australian employment surged in April, driving the jobless rate to a 32-year trough and stoking concerns a super-tight labor market would eventually threaten higher inflation and interest rates.

  • Millions of U.K. workers are "highly likely" to find their jobs obsolete well before the end of their working lives, as a consequence of offshoring, a leading economist warned in an interview in the Daily Telegraph.

  • Gap is Considering Layoffs to Cut Costs: New York Post Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 7:34 AM ET

    Clothing retailer Gap is considering sizable layoffs over the next few weeks to cut costs, the New York Post reported on Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the situation.

  • German Unemployment Falls in April Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | 4:52 AM ET

    Unemployment in Germany continued to decline, with the rate reaching 9.5% in April with fewer people out of work as companies sought to fill vacancies amid an economic turnaround.

  • Bush Adviser Says Strong Job Market Will Buoy Economy Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 10:34 AM ET

    Edward Lazear, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the job market remains strong, suggesting economic strength and higher growth ahead.“The most important indicator to me is the labor market,” Lazear said. “It’s very strong. If the labor market were weak, if we were seeing job growth slow down, if we saw wage growth slow down, then I would be a bit more concerned about the GDP number.”

  • The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits fell a much bigger-than-expected 20,000 last week, a Labor Department report showed on Thursday.

  • A woman walks on a sidewalk in downtown Johannesburg, Wednesday Nov. 29, 2006. More than one-third of African women and a quarter of African men are estimated to be overweight, and the Word Health Organization predicts that will rise to 41 percent and 30 percent resepctively in the next 10 yaers. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

    Overweight workers cost their bosses more in injury claims than their lean colleagues, suggests a study that found the heaviest employees had twice the rate of workers' compensation claims as their fit co-workers. Obesity experts said they hope the study will convince employers to invest in programs to help fight obesity. One employment attorney warned companies that treating fat workers differently could lead to discrimination complaints.

  • Fimat USA Energy Brokers Jump to Man Financial Monday, 23 Apr 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    Five brokers from Fimat USA's energy risk management group have moved to Man Financial, a spokesman from Man Financial confirmed today.

  • Study Says Ethanol Less Green Than Gasoline Friday, 20 Apr 2007 | 12:21 PM ET

    A new study says that ethanol may do more harm than good. On “Morning Call,” the study’s author, Mark Jacobson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, joined Brooke Coleman, director of the Renewable Energy Action Project, to debate whether ethanol could be more harmful to your health and to the planet than gasoline.

  • Business Sentiment in Germany Soars Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 6:46 AM ET

    The sick man of Europe is feeling much better, with investor and business sentiment in Germany's economy soaring for the fifth month in a row, according to a survey released Tuesday.