Marketplace for Monday, October 1, 2012
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Macy's has recently announced plans to hire on about 80,000 seasonal workers to staff its stores and call centers in the 2012 Holiday season. Does this mark the economy's very-merriest Christmas since the Recession? Also, political ads and the ones that sell you corn chips finally collide: Tostitos, USA Today, 7-11, Boston Market are all using the election to sell you stuff. We take a look at what that means for consumers (and voters). Plus, Marketplace's Rob Schmitz begins his series on China's migrant workers at the site of the recent Foxconn riot, and Adrienne Hill asks whether the explosion of a Japanese chemical plant is poised to cause the Great Global Diaper Shortage of 2012.
Posted In: China, great migration, factory
Nearly a quarter of a billion Chinese workers relocated from the country's interior to the factory towns on the coast in one of the largest human migration the planet has ever known. Now, 20 years later, the great migration is drawing to a close.