Smart Ways To Save Money During the Holidays

ROSELAND – The holidays are a joyous – and potentially expensive – time of year. In fact, according to a 2009 Consumer Reports survey, consumers said they planned on spending an average of $699 on gifts, but they admitted to actually shelling out an average of $811.

Assembly Panel Passes Job Training Program Modeled After Georgia Work$

TRENTON – Legislation to create the Back to Work NJ program intended to stimulate job growth by allowing unemployed New Jerseyans to receive workplace training from a potential employer was released Wednesday by an Assembly panel.


Dear EarthTalk: In my business courses in college, we were taught that ecological degradation was an “externality”—something outside the purview of economic analyses. Now that the environment is of such concern, are economists beginning to rethink this? — Josh Dawson, Flagstaff, AZ

Unemployment Climbs To 9.8%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today. For the past three months, it had held steady at 9.6 percent.