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Marielle Segarra

Senior Reporter


I cover retail, consumer psychology, and the economy. One topic I’ve been exploring: how we shop – and the emotions that come up as we do. Pride. Guilt. Frustration. I’m also following small businesses as they find their way in this pandemic. And I’m always trying to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives.

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor to a bunch of 5-year-olds.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I think I would still want to create things. Maybe I'd be a chef. Or an interior designer. Or I'd write for a TV show.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Financial stability, which is a good start.

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

My stash of chocolate.

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What might consumer spending look like in 2022?

Dec 31, 2021
Retailers are making a calculation about what to put on shelves. And it comes down to supply and demand.
Throughout the pandemic, consumers have shopped quite a bit. It doesn't look like the spread of omicron is going to hamper that.
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Job market looks strong as 2021 ends. 2022 looks uncertain.

Dec 30, 2021
Weekly unemployment claims are still hovering at the lowest level we've seen since 1969.
Though first-time unemployment claims are at their lowest point in about 50 years, omicron could disrupt the job market.
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What job trends will the new year bring?

Dec 30, 2021
The economy is growing and employers are still looking for workers, and that trend will probably continue for awhile.
With strong job growth in recent months, job hunters may have their pick of jobs heading in to the new year.
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What's happened to the lunch places in office neighborhoods?

Sep 21, 2021
More than 18 months into the pandemic, Marketplace's Marielle Segarra checks in with restaurants usually dependent on office workers.
A restaurant employee looks at empty tables on Aug. 21, in Southampton, New York. The pandemic has continued to be hard on some restaurants and cafés dependent on lunch crowds.
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What's behind the chip shortage?

Sep 17, 2021
Shortages happen when demand is greater than supply. When it comes to computer chips, there are problems on both sides of that equation.
The chip shortage has been made worse by shipping bottlenecks, worker shortages and supply chain issues.
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NYC is set to begin enforcement of its vaccine mandate. How will it work?

Sep 8, 2021
New York will start enforcing its mandate Sep. 13. It requires visitors to theaters, museums and other establishments to show proof of at least partial vaccination — same for people want to eat and drink inside a restaurant or bar.
A vaccine requirement sign is shown in a restaurant window in August 2021 in New York City.
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Retailers work around supply snags to fill shelves ahead of holidays

Sep 7, 2021
Grappling with shortages as holiday shopping season approaches, merchants focus on products that are available.
The Macy's department store in Manhattan, Christmas Eve 2020. Responding to product shortages, merchants are modifying their offerings to emphasize available inventory.
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Hurricane Ida may worsen oxygen shortage

Aug 31, 2021
In many places, hospitals are running low on oxygen, which is used to treat patients with COVID and other conditions.
Oxygen tanks are ready for use on a floor dedicated to COVID-19 patients at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Aug. 10, 2021 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

What will the Chevy Bolt recall mean for the electric car market?

Aug 23, 2021
People will often accept risks posed by things they know — like gas-powered cars — but not things that are new to them.
A Chevy Bolt electric vehicle on display at a 2016 auto show. General Motors is recalling the car after at least 10 documented battery fires.
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