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Out of our gourd for jobs

By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com
Monday, September 16, 2013
Posted 5 am ET

What do these have in common: the unemployment rate, President Barack Obama's habit of appointing people from within his inner circle, 401(k) fees, and Americans' absurd love of pumpkin-flavored beers, bagels, lattes and M&M's?

Answer: They're all discussed in this podcast.

To be fair, most folks wouldn't dismiss a taste for pumpkin as absurd. (And then there are the lonely few who think a lager tastes just fine when it's unsullied by the taste of a huge, orange fruit. Fight it out amongst yourselves in the comment section.)

In this week's podcast:

  • Thomas Perez, the newly sworn-in secretary of labor, says employment is headed in the right direction, although too slowly.
  • Lindsey Piegza, chief economist for Sterne Agee, predicts how markets would react to the appointments of either Janet Yellen or Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • Sheyna Steiner, senior investing reporter and analyst for Bankrate, looks at whether employees of small companies pay higher 401(k) fees than employees of big companies.
  • Doug Whiteman, associate editor at Bankrate, says nostalgia is behind the craze for pumpkin-flavored everything.

Bankrate Audio

Mark

Hamrick

Washington Bureau Chief, Bankrate.com

Thomas

Perez

secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Lindsey

Piegza

economist, Sterne Agee

Sheyna

Steiner

Senior investing reporter, Bankrate.com

Doug

Whiteman

Associate editor, Bankrate.com

What's job 1 for new Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez?

How is the new labor secretary going to help us? And who'll take over at the Fed from Ben Bernanke and does it matter?

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