The rate of job growth declined in the United States in December even as the unemployment rate fell from 7.0 to 6.7 percent. The net gain in jobs fell from 200,000 to just 74,000 last month. While some investors are disappointed, most economists say the U. S. job situation will gradually improve over the next year or so. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
Space - the final frontier. Once the purview of cash-rich governments, launching rockets into space has become increasingly commonplace as demand for communications satellites and space-based imaging services grow. Today, space is a $200 billion a year industry - an example of how partnerships between government and the private sector are helping to lower costs - and in the process - expand our understanding of the world. Mil Arcega has more.
The national trend toward 'buying local' has expanded beyond fruits and vegetables and meat ... to the beverage portion of the meal. Many American beer lovers are turning to small local breweries that produce distinctive brews known as craft beers. Mike O'Sullivan visited a craft brewery in Los Angeles.
At the start of the new year, African leaders and policy makers are already thinking about how recent conflicts in South Sudan and the Central African Republic could affect sub-Saharan Africa’s projected six percent economic growth in 2014. But as Mariama Diallo reports, conflict or not, experts believe changes are needed to maintain the growth achieved in previous years.