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Who Took Our Jobs? Why Oregon's Unemployment is at the Top of the Charts ... Againnew

Studying unemployment figures in Oregon is like being a homicide detective in Baltimore -- there's no lack of casework. The problem is, how to piece together so much evidence. There's no shortage of theories why our unemployment is always among the nation's highest -- here are a few possibilities.
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  10-14-2009  |  Economy

'Cheap' Tackles the Fraught Practice of Buying and Selling Cheap Goodsnew

For its catchy title and relatively few pages, Cheap is a weighty book. Shell reveals the dizzying connections between price and poverty, using statistics, historical accounts, and scientific and sociological explanations. She spent two years doing research, traveling to Sweden, the birthplace of IKEA, and China, "factory to the world."
The Texas Observer  |  C.B. Evans  |  09-23-2009  |  Nonfiction

'Poorly Made' Looks at China's Export Manufacturing Industrynew

Hired as a middleman for Western importers and Chinese manufacturers, Paul Midler unveils the schemes concocted by China's factory owners to make a profit from inferior goods in this investigative travelogue.
NOW Magazine  |  David Silverberg  |  09-14-2009  |  Nonfiction

Will Obama Give Us the Right Kind of Stimulus?new

Let's hope that the outgoing Bush administration, the incoming Obama administration, the permanent mandarins of the think tanks, and the Congressional majorities all come together so that we get an adequate stimulus package -- so that we shall still have the choice to purchase a GM, Ford, or Chrysler product in the coming years, preferably the plug-in hybrid that Obama wants them to make.
Artvoice  |  Bruce Fisher  |  11-17-2008  |  Economy

Paper Mill Closing Leaves One Wisconsin Town Fighting for Its Lifenew

The struggle over the NewPage paper mill in Kimberly, Wisc., underscores the larger pattern of hurt in the heartland.
Isthmus  |  Roger Bybee  |  10-20-2008  |  Business & Labor

Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell is Urging a Stronger Effort to Enforce Anti-Sweatshop Policiesnew

Pennsylvania is the first state to pledge its support for a proposed anti-sweatshop consortium, made up of states, counties and municipalities from across the country. "Rendell has taken the leadership of states nationally," says Kenneth Miller, who has long been active in local anti-sweatshop campaigns.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Adam Fleming  |  07-28-2008  |  Business & Labor

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