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Special Labor Day report on American jobs


I just got a heads up on what sounds like a very interesting special edition of the Nightly Business Report. It should be useful, especially the portion on which sectors are hiring.The report airs at 7 p.m. in Miami and at 6:30 p.m. in most other major cities.

“Working It Out” Monday, September 7

Roughly seven million American jobs have disappeared since the recession began…and the job losses aren’t over yet. In this Labor Day Special Edition, NBR examines the employment situation and outlook.

·         Midwest Bureau Chief Diane Eastabrook begins by introducing us to the unemployed—the people behind the numbers. She takes an inside look at their daily struggles and their hopes for the future.

·         Anchor Susie Gharib then talks with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and Dr. Robert Brusca, Chief Economist at Fact & Opinion Economics about fears that a “jobless” economic recovery may be in the works.

·         Correspondent Suzanne Pratt delves into the ins-and-outs of the employment statistics, questioning how accurately they represent the number of people who are out of work.

·         And if you’re searching for a job, Reporter Dana Bate has some useful information on industries and sectors that are expected to add positions in the near future.

I asked producer Melissa Harmon what she feels people will take away most from the report: What touched me the most were the people Diane Eastabrook spoke with… the group of unemployed professionals from a Chicago area networking group.  Most were in their 40s and 50s and facing unemployment for the first time.  Some had been out of work for over a year and yet each and every one of them remained positive and hopeful about the future."