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U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent.

The Labor Department says average hourly pay rose 2.7 percent from a year earlier, a slightly faster annual rate than in April. But pay growth remains below levels that are typical when the unemployment rate is this low.

Germany's Jewish population is small, somewhere around 200,000. Yet in German schoolyards, the word “Jew” is heard regularly, and not in a good way.

“'Jew' is an insult here,” says Berlin resident Gemma Michalski. “If you want to insult somebody, whether they're Jewish or not, it doesn't matter, but it's the thing you throw at them: 'Ah he's a real Jew,' or 'You're a Jew.' That's a sort of go-to insult.”

Who really stands to win from a global trade war?

Jun 1, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Global trade is under threat again as President Trump’s fresh tariffs target the United State's North American and European allies. Who really stands to win, and will the White House come to the negotiation table again or is a global trade war just about to kick off? (06/01/2018)

A pay increase for entry-level jobs

Jun 1, 2018

The job market is now being flooded by the class of 2018 — both college and high school graduates. Leticia Aguilar is among them. She's about to graduate from Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon.

“I will be working in the summer and then I will be attending PCC [Portland Community College],” Aguilar said recently in the college and career counselor’s office at her school. She’s hoping to continue her education after community college and transfer to a four-year college to complete a degree in social work or teaching.

Are we trading security for emojis on Venmo?

Jun 1, 2018

Venmo has been a major player in the peer-to-peer payment scene the past few years. If you’re not familiar with the PayPal-owned app, one popular feature is its public news feed. That’s where people post their payments, often with emoji to describe them. But as it gets more popular, some are wondering if it’s secure or private enough.

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The Trump administration's latest move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the U.S.'s biggest strategic and trade partners has touched off a barrage of criticism and retaliation.

Cucumbers are a key flavor and ingredient for summertime cooking. While we generally think of them sliced or diced, the folks at America's Test Kitchen have a new strategy: smash them! Managing Producer Sally Swift talks with Elle Simone, food stylist and on-screen test cook for America's Test Kitchen, about this new -- dare we say fun -- method. Try your hand at smashing cukes with this America's Test Kitchen recipe for Smashed Cucumbers.

The Key 3: Vedge

Jun 1, 2018

Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau are the husband/wife team of chefs behind Vedge, a vegan restaurant in Philadelphia, where they have been offering an exciting dining experience inspired by seasonal vegetables since 2011. Francis Lam visited Jacoby and Landau in the kitchen of their restaurant to learn more about their cooking techniques and what three dishes they consider essential to the vegetarian or veggie-loving home cook.

Diana Henry is one of Britain's most admired cooks. She's written 10 books and her new one, How to Eat a Peach, is as much about planning a meal as it is about how to cook it. Our contributor Melissa Clark, of The New York Times, talked with her about how she takes her ideas for composing meals and applies them to vegetables without the big beef roast to go with them.

Photo: Choya Webb with his father, Choya Webb, Sr.

American manufacturers cope with the loss of EU tariff exemptions

May 31, 2018

The Trump administration said today it would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Since the global tariffs were announced in March, these allies had temporary exemptions from the tariffs. In anticipation of this day, some companies applied for more permanent exclusions from the Department of Commerce. Two such companies are Max Daetwyler Corp., which makes printer parts called doctor blades, and Gemini Group, which produces many metal and plastic products.

This guy will make anything, as long as he can make it in America

May 31, 2018

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal took a trip to Columbus, Georgia to do an informal survey of American manufacturing by looking at three slices of how we make things in this country today.

We’ve told you about a a textile company that’s had to reinvent itself as the trade economy changed around it.

Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen is facing legal peril, including an FBI raid of his home and office — and involvement in a civil lawsuit with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

But in the past, it was Cohen who sought to put legal pressure on others to solve problems for his boss.

For the first time, audio recordings of Cohen's legal threats, from a 2015 Daily Beast interview, are being published.

The threat of a trade war has been looming over this country since President Donald Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs almost three months ago. But one set of tariffs, and a bunch of exclusions and carve-outs to it, does not a trade war make. But now those exceptions are expiring, countries are retaliating and things are getting real. Today, we'll break down what's happening, talk to businesspeople trying to figure out their place in all this and answer your questions about all things trade.

(Markets Edition) The Fed is changing up a measure known as "The Volcker Rule," which was put in place after the financial crisis to curb risky behavior from banks. We'll discuss whether this will start enabling dangerous behavior. Afterwards, we'll chat with the Economist's New York bureau chief, Patrick Foulis about why corporate America is so fond of President Donald Trump. (05/31/2018)

Your tariff questions, answered

May 31, 2018

This post was updated on May 31 at 5:49 p.m. EST. 

In a move that threatens to incite a major trade war with allies, the Trump administration says it's slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says there will be a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum.

America's relationship with Europe is in "disarray"

May 31, 2018

The Trump administration plans to impose a 25 percent penalty on steel from Europe, Mexico and Canada and a 10 percent penalty on aluminum from those regions. Experts caution that you can expect some form of retaliation in response to the tariffs; a few months ago the European Union released a 10-page list of U.S.

Here come the U.S. tariffs on European metal

May 31, 2018

(U.S. Edition) The White House is on track to impose a 25 percent penalty on steel from Europe, and a 10 percent penalty on aluminum from the region. We'll talk to Ian Bremmer, founder of the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group — about whether this means a trade war, and then we'll look at the American-made products the European Union will make tougher to sell. Afterwards, we'll discuss Arkansas' plans to impose work requirements on those in its Medicaid program.

(Global Edition) Nearly 10 years after the financial crisis, regulators in the U.S. are simplifying a trading rule that many foreign banking institutions have seen as unfair. But will this move expose the global financial system to the same kinds of risks that sparked the 2008 meltdown? Then, Brazil is starting to emerge from a two-week-long truck driver strike, but the economic costs are growing. We’ll take you to São Paulo and explain why. Afterwards, from payment systems to taxi services, Africa’s first billion-dollar startup is changing the way consumers on the continent shop.

Bitcoin’s wildly fluctuating price may not be the result of free market forces. The Department of Justice has reportedly opened an investigation into whether traders are manipulating the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with Peter Tchir, a market strategist at the investment bank Academy Securities about digital currency price manipulation his article on the topic for Forbes.

Are traders messing with the price of bitcoin? And why should you care?

May 31, 2018

Bitcoin’s wildly fluctuating price may not be the result of free market forces. The Department of Justice has reportedly opened an investigation into whether traders are manipulating the price of bitcoin and other digital currencies. And that's caused some market watchers to say that’s been clear all along. Peter Tchir, a market strategist at the investment bank Academy Securities, is one of those people.

How to make restaurant kitchens a better place for women

May 30, 2018

The James Beard Awards, sometimes referred to as the Oscars for chefs, restaurants, and cookbook writers, took place earlier this month in Chicago. It was a notable year for the awards because the winners included more women and people of color than ever before, something the restaurant industry celebrated months after a series of high-profile chefs were alleged to have abused staff, especially female staff, in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Maybe you've never heard of the international food conglomerate JAB. But you probably consume some of its products, like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Peet’s Coffee. JAB is a Luxembourg-based holding company run by a secretive German billionaire family. And it's making quite an impression on the food and beverage business lately. Back in January, the company agreed to pay $26 billion for Dr. Pepper and Snapple. It just added to its lineup by grabbing the British sandwich chain Pret A Manger for $2 billion. 

A whopping $66 billion deal in the agribusiness space just won the approval of antitrust regulators in Washington, D.C. That clears the way for German behemoth Bayer to acquire St. Louis-based Monsanto. Monsanto has for years ridden the success of the herbicide Roundup and seeds that are tolerant of the chemical. But now Monsanto— and Bayer — are betting on a next-generation product.

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Caught in the crosshairs of global trade policy

May 30, 2018

Over 12.5 million people in the United States work in the manufacturing sector. That's nearly 12 percent of U.S. GDP. So what we make and how make it matters. We're starting off with the second part in our series about manufacturing in America. Today, we're at a foundry that's seen business improve under President Donald Trump, but its owners are wary of steel tariffs. Then: What do Snapple, Dr. Pepper, Peet's Coffee, Keurig and Panera Bread have in common? They're all owned by one company that's on a buying spree.

Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores on Tuesday to give workers anti-bias training. The nationwide closing follows the recent arrests of two African-American men who asked to use the restroom in a Philadelphia Starbucks last month.

As part of that training, Starbucks commissioned "Story of Access," a short video from filmmaker Stanley Nelson. It highlights the bloody, civil rights battle for equal rights to lunch counters, restaurants and other public accommodations. Here it is:

The James Beard Foundation CEO has a plan to get more women running restaurants

May 30, 2018

Foodies will know the James Beard Foundation as a nonprofit that supports the culinary arts through scholarships, chef programs, and the James Beard Awards, sometimes referred to as the Oscars for chefs, restaurants, and cookbook authors. This year's awards were a first for Clare Reichenbach, the organization's new CEO. They were also notable for including more women and people of color than ever before. It was considered a bright spot after months of #MeToo allegations against some high profile chefs.

One family-run business caught in the crosshairs of global trade policy

May 30, 2018

Over 12.5 million people in the United States work in the manufacturing sector. That's nearly 12 percent of U.S. GDP. So what we make and how make it matters. Manufacturing has changed a lot over the past several decades, so Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal went to Columbus, Georgia, to get an understanding of what manufacturing in America looks like today.

What the Fortune 500 says about America's interests

May 30, 2018

(Markets Edition) With the official jobs report for May coming out this Friday, we'll look at how we might do with an early hint from the payroll processing company ADP. They've just released numbers for private-sector employment, showing that the economy added 178,000 jobs. Afterwards, we'll look at what the latest Fortune 500 list — which ranks America's biggest companies —says about what we value and how that's changed over the years. Plus: We explore how farmers are spending millions to stop feral pigs from causing damage. (05/30/2018)

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President Trump resumed his attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday following reports that he had asked Sessions to un-recuse himself from the Russia investigation — and after more erosion of Trump's claim that the FBI spied on his campaign.

Trump used his Twitter account to echo the comments of House oversight committee chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has been using TV appearances to try to offer some nuanced support to Trump.

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