Business http://wrkf.org en The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest http://wrkf.org/post/youth-unemployment-crisis-hits-african-americans-hardest Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.<p>Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William Spriggs, an economist at Howard University, the trend is also being driven by a sluggish economy. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 29663 at http://wrkf.org Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms http://wrkf.org/post/deploying-drones-get-overview-factory-farms An independent journalist says he's found a way around the so-called "ag-gag" laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.<p>Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based <a href="http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/">author and blogger</a>, recently raised $75,000 <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1926278254/drone-on-the-farm-an-aerial-expose">on Kickstarter</a> to buy the drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S.<p>"I was primarily motivated by what's happening outside of those closed doors, but is Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 29628 at http://wrkf.org Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers http://wrkf.org/post/eeoc-announces-tougher-rules-protecting-pregnant-workers Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 29464 at http://wrkf.org EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea http://wrkf.org/post/why-smartphone-breaks-work-arent-such-bad-idea In that cubicle by the water cooler you see him: your employee, on your dime, tilted back in that pricey Herman Miller chair, his personal smartphone in hand. Judging by the furrowed brow, you'd guess it's a hot game of Words With Friends.<p>Which do you do?<p>1. Chastise him.<br /> 2. Ignore him. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Vignesh Ramachandran 29407 at http://wrkf.org Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves http://wrkf.org/post/raw-milk-producers-aim-regulate-themselves A growing number of Americans are buying raw milk. That's milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria.<p>As we've reported, the legal treatment of raw milk varies state by state. In some places like California, it's sold in stores. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:17:00 +0000 editor 29005 at http://wrkf.org Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment http://wrkf.org/post/lost-generation-workers-cost-youth-unemployment It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans.<p>But a whopping 5.8 million young people are neither in school nor working. It is "a completely different situation than we've seen in the past," says Elisabeth Jacobs, the senior director for policy and academic programs at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.<p>"It's a big deal. ... Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:11:00 +0000 Will Stone 28808 at http://wrkf.org A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling? http://wrkf.org/post/how-many-companies-will-be-touched-courts-contraception-ruling When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations <a href="file:///C:/Users/aschneider/Documents/My%20Documents/326926331">don't have to pay for workers' contraception</a>, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.<p>Wrong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 28753 at http://wrkf.org How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling? For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle http://wrkf.org/post/tipped-workers-different-minimum-wage-battle The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.<p>In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 28702 at http://wrkf.org For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home http://wrkf.org/post/some-us-sacrifice-more-stay-home-sweet-home If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Gene Demby 28344 at http://wrkf.org Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories http://wrkf.org/post/insight-entrepreneurial-spirit-numbers-and-good-stories <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On June 30, </span>WRKF<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is bringing the daily business show </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.marketplace.org" target="_blank">Marketplace</a>&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">back to the air, weekdays at 5:30 p.m. And you’ll hear the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Marketplace Morning Report</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at 51 minutes past the hour during </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Morning Edition</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on weekday mornings.</span></p><p>The return of <em>Marketplace </em>gives us an excuse to talk with host, <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/11/kai-ryssdal-marketplace-profile" target="_blank">Kai Ryssdal</a>, about how Louisiana fits in to the bigger economic picture.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 28270 at http://wrkf.org Insight: Entrepreneurial Spirit, Numbers, and Good Stories