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In September, US non-farm payrolls grew by 142,000, and August's gain was revised down to 136,000 from 173,000. It's the first time since 2012 that employment has risen by less than 150,000 for two months in a row.
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Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author, peer and ex-banker Matt Ridley, about how nobody is in control of the world economy – and that' s exactly as it should be.

How big data will feed the global population – however big it gets

Precision agriculture – a mixture of big data and robotics – will squeeze ever-greater yields from every acre of crop, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan’s lesson in "people's QE" for Jeremy Corbyn

The idea of people’s QE has reignited interest in radical monetary policy. Marina Gerner looks at the lessons from Japan’s version of people’s QE: the voucher schemes of the 1990s.

If you want to spend less, stick with cash

People who use credit cards spend a lot more than people who use cash – one more reason for our consumption-obsessed overlords to ban it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Don’t expect to see $100 oil again soon – here’s why

The oil price has had a good run lately. But with the industry undergoing fundamental changes, we won’t see a return to $100 a barrel any time soon. John Stepek explains why.

Markets: FTSE 100 slips back

The FTSE 100 started the week on the back foot yesterday, slipping 0.7% to close at 6,371.

The IMF has forecast a recession in Latin America, but investors needn’t worry

The Latin American economy may be slowing down, but it is better equipped than ever to ride it out, says James McKeigue.

From ADRs to Z scores – all the terms you wish you understood, but were too embarrassed to ask about.

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