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The Top Cars for Graduates: Beyond the Used Camry – WSJ.com

High school and college graduation is a time for thinking about new destinations—and how a new diploma holder will be getting to …

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What They Don’t Tell You at Graduation – WSJ.com

Class of 2012,

I became sick of commencement speeches at about your age. My first job out of college was writing speeches for the governor of Maine. Every spring, I would offer extraordinary tidbits of wisdom to 22-year-olds—which was quite a feat given that I was 23 at the time. In the decades since, I’ve spent most of my career teaching economics and public policy. In particular, I’ve studied happiness and well-being, about which we …

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Should College Grads Get a Break on Their Loans? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

The Obama administration unveiled a plan this week aimed at reducing the burden of student loan debt, which now surpasses credit card debt in the United States.

The plan will let borrowers consolidate their government loans and government-backed private loans into one monthly …

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Obama Plan Would Cut Student-Loan Interest Rates – WSJ.com

President Barack Obama will announce a plan Wednesday that would allow Americans to consolidate and reduce interest rates on their student loans, the latest in a string of narrowly tailored moves designed to jolt the economy.

The centerpiece of the plan Mr. Obama is expected to unveil here would allow the estimated 5.8 million people who hold both direct government student loans and government-backed private loans to consolidate their …

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Why Companies Can’t Find the Employees They Need – WSJ.com

Everybody’s heard the complaints about recruiting lately.

Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can’t find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting.

Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren’t giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn’t letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The list goes …

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Young Adults Make Gains in Health Insurance Coverage – NYTimes.com

Young adults, long the group most likely to be uninsured, are gaining health coverage faster than expected in the year since the 2010 health law began allowing parents to cover them as dependents on …

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The Debate Over Jobs Leads the News | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

he troubled U.S. economy was the No. 1 story last week, and  for the third week in a row, President Obama’s September 8 job creation speech and plan were the central themes in that economic coverage.

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Job Seekers Are Getting Tested – WSJ.com

And you thought vandalizing your high school’s drama club room wouldn’t haunt you in adulthood.

As it turns out, your childhood misdeeds, along with whether you care about someone else’s bad day and how much you read, may have an impact on how a prospective employer views …

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Labor Day blues – The Washington Post

On this Labor Day, there is little good news about labor. We have entered a long period of crushing unemployment and downward pressure on wages that may well transform the nation’s economic and political landscape. There was no job growth in August, and the overall numbers are stupefying: 14 million unemployed; nearly 9 million part-time workers wanting full-time jobs; 6.5 million who want jobs but have given up looking and are, therefore, not counted in the official labor force. People are only gradually recognizing …

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Infrastructure Likely Part Of Obama Jobs Push – WSJ.com

President Barack Obama signaled Monday he’ll propose a major infrastructure program and an extension of a payroll tax break in the jobs speech he planned to deliver Thursday before a joint session of Congress.

In an animated Labor Day talk before an enthusiastic crowd of union members in …

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America’s jobs report: Treading water | The Economist

IT’S hard to imagine a more toxic economic brew than what America had to swallow in August: stock prices plunged, Europe’s debt crisis deepened, Congress took America to the brink of default and Standard & Poor’s responded by …

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