John Ydstie http://nhpr.org en Political Support Erodes For Export-Import Bank http://nhpr.org/post/political-support-erodes-export-import-bank Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Export-Import Bank is an 80-year-old Washington institution whose mission is to help U.S. companies sell products abroad. Now the bank is being threatened with extinction. Tea Party Republicans argue that the bank's really just providing corporate welfare. NPR's John Ydstie has more.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: The Ex-Im bank was created during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to support the export of U.S. goods. Today, some of the nation's largest companies are its biggest beneficiaries including Boeing, Caterpillar and General Electric. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:15:00 +0000 John Ydstie 50808 at http://nhpr.org Study: Climate Change Is A Growing Threat To Corn Production http://nhpr.org/post/study-climate-change-growing-threat-corn-production Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And from food to fuel, corn is a major pillar of the U.S. economy. It's the country's biggest crop. One-third of all U.S. cropland is dedicated to corn. A new study says climate change and unsustainable irrigation practices are a long-term threat to U.S. corn production. The study calls on farmers, governments and businesses to cooperate to head off those negative effects. NPR's John Ydstie has more.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: There's no doubt extreme weather has hurt U.S. corn production in some recent years. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:27:00 +0000 John Ydstie 50091 at http://nhpr.org May Employment Data Show U.S. Surpassed Pre-Recession Job Totals http://nhpr.org/post/may-employment-data-may-reflect-record-job-growth The Labor Department released its monthly employment report on Friday. The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 John Ydstie 49795 at http://nhpr.org Jobless Report May Confirm Economy Is Heating Up http://nhpr.org/post/jobless-report-may-confirm-economy-heating Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The economy nearly stalled out here in the U.S. in the beginning of the year, according to the government. That slowdown was blamed largely on winter storms that clobbered much of the country last winter. Recent data suggests the economy has warmed up. There's hope that will be confirmed this morning when the monthly job numbers for April are released. Fri, 02 May 2014 10:51:00 +0000 John Ydstie 47772 at http://nhpr.org Slow Growth For U.S. Economy, But Fed Plans Are Full Speed Ahead http://nhpr.org/post/slow-growth-us-economy-fed-plans-are-full-speed-ahead The economy slowed sharply in the first quarter, with data released Wednesday showing that growth was barely positive. Federal Reserve policymakers wrapped up a meeting Wednesday with a statement saying the economy had actually picked up a bit in recent weeks. They voted unanimously to continue winding down their stimulus program. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 John Ydstie 47680 at http://nhpr.org March Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.7 Percent http://nhpr.org/post/economists-predict-monthly-unemployment-rate-will-fall The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which is seen as a sign that the economy is rebounding. The unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:39:00 +0000 John Ydstie 46192 at http://nhpr.org Beyond The Fog Of Spin And Doubt: What Has ACA Achieved? http://nhpr.org/post/beyond-fog-spin-and-doubt-what-has-aca-achieved Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block in Dallas.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel in Washington, where President Obama cheered the Affordable Care Act today.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)<p>SIEGEL: The president marked a milestone with that number. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 John Ydstie 46009 at http://nhpr.org Health Care Law Helps Entrepreneurs Quit Their Day Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/how-health-care-law-could-spur-new-businesses The Affordable Care Act — which many see creating challenges for businesses — could benefit a particular group of business people: entrepreneurs.<p>Joshua Simonson was reluctant to give up his job at a Portland, Ore., area grocery store, New Seasons Market, which he says had provided excellent health care for him and his family. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:59:00 +0000 John Ydstie 44977 at http://nhpr.org Health Care Law Helps Entrepreneurs Quit Their Day Jobs February Job Growth Beats Expectations; Jobless Rate Ticks Up http://nhpr.org/post/february-job-growth-beats-expectations-jobless-rate-ticks Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It was pretty clear that the recent bout of winter weather that many of us have seen was going to have an effect on job growth in February. The question was how much. And it turns out less than expected. That's the message from the government's monthly employment report that's out today. It found that U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:39:00 +0000 John Ydstie 44693 at http://nhpr.org Weather Expected To Effect February Jobs Report http://nhpr.org/post/weather-expected-effect-february-jobs-report Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The recent bout of winter weather that many of us have felt has hit the U.S. economy. Winter storms cooled job growth in February. The only question is by how much. Economists, investors and job seekers are looking to today's employment report from the government for an answer. NPR's John Ydstie says their predictions have been dampened by the weather too.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: John Sylvia is the top economist for Wells Fargo. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 John Ydstie 44669 at http://nhpr.org CBO Assesses Affordable Care Act's Economic Effects http://nhpr.org/post/cbo-assesses-affordable-care-acts-economic-effects Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>The Affordable Care Act will change the way millions of Americans think about their jobs. That's essentially what the Congressional Budget Office has said in its assessment of the law's effect on the economy. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 John Ydstie 44314 at http://nhpr.org More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health Plans http://nhpr.org/post/more-us-companies-switch-high-deductible-health-plans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The cost of health care in this country seems to be coming under control. Health care spending, while still on the rise, has increased at historically levels the last few years, which makes you wonder: Why aren't we feeling it?<p>Some of you've probably noticed it's costing more to go to the doctor these days, and also more to fill out a prescription. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 John Ydstie 43719 at http://nhpr.org Jobs Report: Unemployment Ticks Down; Payrolls Tick Up http://nhpr.org/post/jobs-report-unemployment-ticks-down-payrolls-tick Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>I'm Renee Montagne. And this morning brought another surprisingly weak jobs report. The government says the U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January. That follows just 75,000 jobs in December. Those numbers are way below the average monthly job creation for most of 2013 and it has lots of people worried the economy may be losing steam. NPR's John Ydstie joins us again to talk about it. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:26:00 +0000 John Ydstie 43194 at http://nhpr.org January Unemployment Numbers Expected To Rebound http://nhpr.org/post/january-unemployment-numbers-expected-rebound Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. There's lots of anticipation about the government's monthly jobs report that will be released later this morning. Last month's job creation numbers were very disappointing - just 74,000 jobs added to the payroll - far below the recent monthly averages. NPR's John Ydstie joined us to talk about job creation and what it's telling us about the economy. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 John Ydstie 43166 at http://nhpr.org Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit http://nhpr.org/post/reining-health-care-costs-key-trimming-deficit The Congressional Budget Office earlier this week said this year's deficit is likely to be about one-third the size it was in 2009, when the Great Recession bottomed out. A recovering economy is the main reason for the deficit's improvement, but moderating health care costs have also contributed.<p>Harvard economist and health policy specialist David Cutler says getting the federal government's finances under control is all about health care.<p>"A fairly accurate summary of the federal budget is that the U.S. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:23:00 +0000 John Ydstie 43085 at http://nhpr.org