Economics & Economy

Natalie Moore

A job isn’t always just a job – sometimes it is a way of life. This story is part of a series exploring what it means when jobs define several generations and are part of the very fabric of a community.

Over the years, Anthony Jackson has baked just about every Nabisco snack familiar to American pantries: Saltine Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and of course, Oreo cookies. 

07/17/2017: Is it back-to-school season already?

Jul 17, 2017

The White House's "Made In America Week" started with a lot of trade news. Trade reps from China and the U.S. will meet Wednesday, and this afternoon we got the administration's objectives for renegotiating NAFTA. We'll talk about both. Then: Back-to-school shopping used to be like Christmas for some retailers, but now it happens all year round. Plus, because it's still summer after all, we have an interview with the inventor of the self-sealing water balloon. Finally, as part of our ongoing series "Way of Life," we'll look at the tough-to replace food jobs that have left Chicago. 

Even your manager thinks it’s OK to use emoji at work

Jul 17, 2017
Jana Kasperkevic

Today is the fourth world emoji day. It was first celebrated on July 17, 2014 by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia. Why July 17? Because that’s the date on your calendar emoji.

The little cartoon symbols have come a long way from when they first appeared on phone keyboards. These days they show up everywhere, even at work.

The Senate was supposed to vote on the latest attempt at health care reform, but that's been delayed. Julia Coronado, founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, stopped by to explain what this means for the legislative calendar and other parts of the GOP's agenda. Afterwards, we'll look at the pros and cons of Netflix's investment in original content, and then discuss the possibility that Sweden may become the first nation to go cashless.

What's your side hustle?

Jul 17, 2017
Marketplace Weekend Staff

According to a survey by Bankrate, 44 million Americans have a side hustle right now — some source of income besides their primary job. Millennials age 18 to 26 are especially likely to have a side hustle, with 28 percent of those surveyed saying they have a "5-to-9" on top of their "9-to-5," and over half saying they work this side job every week.

But whether you're a millennial or not, we want to know: Are you currently working a side hustle?