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Erika Beras

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a reporter covering the economics of aging throughout the lifespan.

What was your first job?

I worked as a salesgirl and helium balloon inflator at a card store when I was 15.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A synchronized swimmer … an oral historian … or in all honesty, probably a journalist.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A good pair of shoes.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

I love textiles, fabrics and woven goods and always try to pick some up whenever I travel. I have a handful in and around my studio. They brighten up the space. Also, when I can no longer see them, I know it’s time to purge the piles of paper that just seem to accumulate.

 

Latest Stories from Erika (217)

U.S. Census Bureau gears up to recruit workers

by Erika Beras Oct 22, 2019
Hiring was easy before the last census, thanks to the Great Recession. This time? Not so much.
Census workers encourage participation in the 2010 census.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Consumers are feeling good about where the economy's headed

by Erika Beras Oct 14, 2019
They're willing to spend because they expect to be earning more next year.
Samir Hussein/Getty Images For Shop West End VIP Weekend

Teens haven't spent so little since 2011 — survey

by Erika Beras Oct 8, 2019
Phones, food and clothes continue to be in; handbags are right out.
A group of teens look at a photograph they took on a smartphone in Times Square in New York City in 2017.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New U.S.-Japan trade deal benefits some farmers and e-commerce

by Erika Beras and Associated Press Oct 8, 2019
The deal comes at a time when other parts of the Trump administration’s trade agenda have stalled.
President Trump shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in August 2019.
Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

What's it like to return to the workforce in this economy?

by Erika Beras Oct 4, 2019
It depends on how long you've been out, what you do and where you live.
A job fair
Filippo Alfero/Getty Images

Target's new customer loyalty program joins retailers' "arms race"

by Erika Beras Oct 4, 2019
Stores and brands are trying to push back against declining consumer loyalty.
Shoppers line up at the cashiers' checkout at a Target store in Miami, Florida.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Some on ACA insurance plans may soon get wellness program discounts

by Erika Beras Oct 2, 2019
More than 50 million employees in America already take part in workplace wellness programs.
Workplace wellness programs offer benefits to employees who agree to exercise or change their diets.
Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Chicago PMI shows signs of slowing economy

by Erika Beras Oct 1, 2019
One of the economy's warning lights just switched on.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

For businesses, American Community Survey is a trove of valuable information

by Erika Beras Sep 26, 2019
The Census Bureau's annual survey helps businesses figure out where and what they should be selling.
Businesses use ACS data to decide where to open new stores. Above, a storefront for lease in Chicago.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

New census data shows inequality continues to grow in the U.S.

by Erika Beras Sep 26, 2019
Top earners took a bigger slice of the income pie, while everyone else's slices shrank.
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