Mitchell Hartman

Senior Reporter

SHORT BIO

I am a staff reporter for Marketplace covering the economy, economic indicators, employment, labor and workforce.

What was your first job?

I had a job every summer during college running the receiving dock in a large sheet metal factory in North Jersey that made cans. My first job in journalism was as an editorial clerk at the Philadelphia Inquirer after graduating college in 1985.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Marketplace has among the tightest deadlines and the most demanding expectations for daily news stories of any national public radio newsroom IMHO.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

If you love your job, stick with it. If you're really good at something, keep doing it.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Bodhisattva (in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, a being on the brink of enlightenment who could end the cycle of rebirth and gain nirvana but chooses to return out of compassion for other beings). Seriously, if I came back in a next life, it would confirm this teaching and I would care more about being in harmony with the universe than having another career. If I had to choose a career (and just be a bodhisattva on the side, I guess), I'd be a public radio reporter again.

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

Tickets.

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

Health insurance.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

Being a parent would constrain my choices and box me in. It did, but I didn't care.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Emceeing a Sotheby's auction of literary memorabilia from the Beat Generation — I sold Jack Kerouac's last shot glass for high six figures. (As David Brancaccio was oft-required to say on air after segments like this: “It was a joke!”)

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

Eve Epstein, my former editor and now office mate in the Marketplace Portland bureau at All Classical Portland.

Latest Stories (1,658)

Retail sales are down, but what's really going on with consumer spending?

Jun 15, 2021
As the economy opens up, people are spending more on doing things — not on actual things.
Clothing sales surged in May — a sign that people are starting to go out and do things again.
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What's keeping labor force participation down?

Jun 4, 2021
It's not just child care and health issues. Many people are looking at their old jobs and saying no thanks.
The job market has changed, as well as workers' situations. For people who used to be bus drivers, for instance, there may not be jobs to go back to.
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There's a mismatch between jobs that are open and workers searching

Jun 4, 2021
Some unemployed workers may need new skills and training for jobs that are in high demand.
Sectors like manufacturing and logistics are booming, and employers say they desperately need new workers.
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With long-term unemployment comes long-term challenges

Jun 3, 2021
The stigma impacts employers who are less likely to hire those applicants and job seekers who internalize shame and doubt.
Long-term unemployment often comes with anxiety and feelings of shame.
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New inequality index launched to compare income groups

May 31, 2021
The Morning Consult-Axios data suggests that inequality is inching up as low-income people run out of relief money.
Lower-income households are starting to worry about losing eviction protections and unemployment benefits.
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Study: Young women need better, higher-paying jobs after pandemic recession

May 27, 2021
Young women were already falling behind economically after the Great Recession.
Young women were already falling behind economically after the Great Recession, which pushed many young women into taking part-time, low-wage jobs without paid sick time, according to Shengwei Sun at The Institute for Women's Policy Research.
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A woman's struggle to overcome long-term unemployment

May 26, 2021
Nearly 3 million women have left the workforce since the pandemic hit.
During the pandemic, women's labor-force participation declined to the lowest level since May 1987.
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NABE forecasters predict strong economic growth, ongoing recovery in 2021

May 24, 2021
The economists say they expect employment to recover and that recent price spikes for some consumer goods should moderate.
The economists surveyed also expect increases in inflation to be short-lived.
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Unemployed in some states stand to lose $300 a week in federal benefits

May 21, 2021
The Century Foundation estimates the cuts would affect about 3.6 million people.
Protesters call on Florida to fix its unemployment system.
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