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The jobs picture: Hired or fired?

By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com
Monday, July 29, 2013
Posted 6 am ET

What are the country's employment prospects for the rest of the year? When you pick two economists, don't be surprised if you get three answers. That's what you'll hear this week as Mark Hamrick asks a pair of economists if they think hiring will stall in the second half of the year.

  • Nayantara Hensel, of National Defense University, worries about the effects of federal furloughs and cutbacks on overall employment.
  • Scott Anderson, of Bank of the West, says we're not in danger of becoming a nation of part-timers.
  • Both think there's a chance for growth in retail, restaurants and hotels.
  • Meanwhile, Bankrate's Doug Whiteman notes that this summer's blockbusters feature noisy explosions on screen, but all you hear is crickets in the box office. What does it mean for moviegoers?

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Mark

Hamrick

Washington Bureau Chief, Bankrate.com

Doug

Whiteman

Associate Editor, Bankrate.com

Nayantara

Hensel

Professor, National Defense University

Scott

Anderson

Economist, Bank of the West

Job market at stall speed or taking off?

Hear opposing views on whether the economy picks up through year-end. Bankrate's Doug Whiteman weighs on a summer of flops for Hollywood.

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