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This summer on Cape Cod, longer lines and help wanted signs

Jul 30, 2021
Almost every restaurant and business is understaffed this summer. At the same time, there are more tourists on the Cape than ever.
At Mac’s on the Pier in Wellfleet, waiting in line has always been part of the experience. But according to the owner, waits have peaked from an hour and a half to five hours this summer.
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Vaccine access is "principal fault line" in global economic recovery — IMF

Jul 28, 2021
The International Monetary Fund has raised its economic growth forecast for economies with relatively high vaccination rates and lowered it for those where rates are low.
Increasing vaccine access around the world "is clearly the No. 1 policy priority," says Malhar Nabar of the IMF. "That's the only way we're going to really beat back this pandemic."
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Just $3 billion in rent relief has gone out, with CDC eviction ban set to end

Jul 23, 2021
More rental assistance was distributed in June than in the previous three months combined, but it's still a small fraction of the nearly $50 billion Congress approved.
Demonstrators march in the street during a "Cancel Rent and Mortgages" rally in June 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Fewer students fill out FAFSA, enroll in college since pandemic began

Jul 21, 2021
The National College Attainment Network estimates that about 270,000 fewer high school seniors have filled out the FAFSA since 2019.
People mill about on the City University of New York campus. During the pandemic, the number of FAFSA applicants dropped, which means fewer eligible could students receive grants and loans.
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After a wild year, the used-car market may be returning to normal

Jul 20, 2021
Inventory is rising as people sell extra vehicles to take advantage of high prices and dealerships make enticing trade-in offers, experts say.
The number of available used cars for sale is creeping back up after low inventory. Prices for the vehicles may peak this month.
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The pandemic has changed how some parents talk to their kids about money

Jul 19, 2021
“There were a lot more opportunities to have some of these conversations," one dad tells us.
Some parents have been more transparent about their finances when talking to their children during the pandemic.
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Airlines now have enough passengers, not enough crew

Jul 16, 2021
"It went from a lack of demand from passengers to a lack of supply for pilots overnight, like a light switch," a pilot says.
A pilot walks through LaGuardia Airport in New York before the Fourth of July weekend. While Americans are traveling again, airlines are struggling to train and retrain staff.
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Public transit tries to lure riders back with reduced fares, other incentives

Jul 12, 2021
Across the country, ridership is still way below pre-pandemic levels.
Passengers at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Francisco. Despite the economy reopening, public transit use is still down dramatically in many metropolitan areas.
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The chip shortage is idling Ford plants – and Ford autoworkers

Jul 1, 2021
The automotive business has its ups and downs, but union contracts protect workers from big pay cuts.
A Ford worker at an F-150 truck plant in Michigan. Cutting F-150 production would put a dent in company revenue and employee paychecks.
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United places its biggest order for new planes

Jun 30, 2021
It's a sign that United believes travel is back and is betting on growth again.
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