Wednesday's Personal Finance stories
- Job seekers' credit reports in spotlight
- Calgary tests waters with private health care
- Sepsis: a deadly disorder you've never heard of
- Tweet your way to a job? Maybe
- Debt-relief plans may surprise you
A survey found that more than half of companies take a look at job applicants' credit histories before extending a job offer. Read Ruth Mantell's story to find out why the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is taking a closer look at this practice.
Also, don't miss Kristen Gerencher's look at the health system in Canada, where some are urging the government to allow for-profit companies to offer medical services to those who can afford it. But plenty of Canadians want to keep their system as is, long waits and all.
One of the many problem with using credit reports in hiring is those documents often are rife with errors. A friend of mind with a relatively common name fought for years to disconnect her credit file from another woman's; that other person's penchant for skipping out on her bills might have made any employer shred that job application in a heartbeat.
— Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
With the national unemployment rate at 9.6%, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is concerned about employers using job applicants' credit history as a screening tool.
Read more on job seekers' credit reports in spotlight.
Mitchell Strobl is your average college junior at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., but the way he landed his new job is distinctly 21st century.
Read more on tweet your way to a job?
In Canada's oil-rich city of Calgary, there's no shortage of deal-making swagger. But there's a growing shortage of patience with strains on the local health-care system that's pitting free-market enthusiasts against supporters of the popular public-health program.
Read more on Calgary tests waters with private health care.
In Canada, rising health-care costs are prompting a call for changes to the country's popular public program.
Watch video on Calgary weighs private options for health care.
Sepsis is a leading cause of death in American hospitals, but ask most people what sepsis is, and they'll give you a blank stare.
Read more on sepsis: a deadly disorder you've never heard of.
Mike B. from Marshfield, Mass., is trying to avoid becoming an economic statistic. He lost his construction job in November 2009, and hasn't found steady employment since, picking up handyman work and odd jobs wherever possible. His wife Emily took a job recently, mostly so they could get benefits.
Read more on debt-relief plans may surprise you.
There's no "structural" issue requiring a halt to foreclosures and the government won't interfere with Bank of America Corp.'s (BAC) decision to resume them, the nation's top housing official said Wednesday.
Read more on White House seeing no ‘structural' foreclosure issue.
The Republicans are expected to take control of the House (and possibly the Senate) in next month's election, largely because the public is outraged that the economy still isn't growing fast enough to create any substantial number of jobs.
Read more on Republicans would do nothing for economy.
Commentary: In a zero-sum economy, are you winning or losing?
Given the negligible real growth in our economy, we've reached the point where it's truly a zero-sum game. For me to win, someone else must lose, writes Peter Atwater.
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The United Nations on Wednesday stuck to a prediction that the world population will grow by roughly a third by 2050, underscoring the worries about population growth that have contributed to rising prices of agricultural commodities.
Read more on U.N. sees world population up a third by 2050.
Over the last two months, corporate insiders have changed their tune in a big way: They now favor the sell side far more than the buy side.
Read more on what corporate insiders are doing.