Maria Hollenhorst

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How clothing can be a 'tool of resistance'

Jul 14, 2020
From the suffragette movement to the Black Panther Party and "Black Lives Matter” T-shirts worn by protesters today, social movements and clothing go hand in hand.
Protesters with "Black lives matter" T-shirts at the San Francisco Hall of Justice in 2014.
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Lifeguards, veterinary assistants and architects: a look at some of the jobs protected by PPP loans

Jul 13, 2020
About 75% of small businesses sought Paycheck Protection Program loans and about 72% of them got PPP loans, according to the Census Bureau.
Seattle Veterinary Associates is among the millions of businesses that have received loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
Courtesy of Seattle Veterinary Associates

How one artist expanded her role during the pandemic and protests

Jul 6, 2020
Multimedia artist Atiya Jones says she makes art about “small, accumulative actions.” But the form of that art has changed during COVID-19.
A self-portrait of multimedia artist Atiya Jones, who started making and selling masks during the pandemic.
Courtesy of Atiya Jones

June’s jobs gains weren’t just big. They were widespread across the economy.

Jul 2, 2020
The diffusion index, a measure of the breadth of job gains across industries, jumped for the second month in a row.
Personal and laundry services, which includes dry cleaners, laundromats and other businesses, was among the many sectors that expanded payrolls in June.
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In this online barter group, community is a hot commodity

Jun 25, 2020
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people trade goods, services and information in online communities.

"For too long, economists have dodged the issue of racism and discrimination"

Jun 18, 2020
In an “open letter to economists,” Howard University professor and Chief Economist for the AFL-CIO William Spriggs asked his fellow economists to consider how the profession views race.
As protests over racial inequality continue around the country, many economists are reconsidering their profession's approach to race.
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How one food producer kept business going amid the pandemic

Jun 16, 2020
Grand Prairie Foods lost 80% of its hospitality and travel-related business in one day. To survive, it's focusing on packaged foods.
When the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, became one of the hot spots of the COVID-19 outbreak, Kurt Loudenback, the CEO of Grand Prairie Foods, asked many of his workers to stay home.
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Why annualizing can make GDP forecasts look scarier than they are

Jun 11, 2020
If one quarter differs significantly from another, it's hard to paint a picture of the entire year.
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How’s the economy? vs. how’s the economy for each of us?

Jun 8, 2020
If you want to answer the second question, you’ve got to 'disaggregate' the data.
Macroeconomic data can help you see the big picture — the forest. But if you want to understand how groups within the economy are doing, examine the trees.
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Here’s one (of many) numbers in the jobs report that surprised economists

Jun 5, 2020
More sectors of the economy gained jobs than lost jobs in May, Labor Department data shows.
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