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More than 40% of baby formula out of stock, data company says

May 13, 2022
Just four companies make most of the baby formula in the U.S. After a recall and plant closure at one, there's not enough supply to meet the need.
When you only have a few companies in the country that make something, shortages are one of the risks, says Brian Dittmeier of the National WIC Association.
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Just 15% of people in low-income countries are vaccinated against COVID, WHO says

May 11, 2022
The organization wants to vaccinate 70% of the world by mid-2022, but says there's not nearly enough funding to make that happen.
WHO will be urging world leaders to fund its vaccination efforts at the Second Global COVID-19 Summit on Thursday.
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Funds that help low-income people pay for abortions are seeing a sharp uptick in donations

May 5, 2022
One fund raised more in the 36 hours after the SCOTUS decision leaked than it had in 3 years.
Abortion-rights activists and anti-abortion activists hold protest signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Survey finds more than half of Americans are experiencing financial hardship due to gas prices

May 2, 2022
Still, many people told Gallup that they believe higher gas prices are temporary.
Though Americans are spending lots at the pump, more are working from home now and can choose to drive less. 
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Survey finds people are feeling worse about their own finances than they did a year ago

Apr 29, 2022
Price increases have a lot to do with how people see their finances at the moment, but people are also feeling more secure in their jobs.
A new Gallup survey details uneasiness in people's personal finances due to inflation.

As Delta starts to offer flight attendants pay during boarding, will other airlines follow?

Apr 28, 2022
Boarding passengers has become especially difficult during the pandemic.
Delta is the first domestic airline company to offer pay to flight attendants during the boarding process.
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Higher costs, wages are increasingly cutting into profits for some businesses

Apr 27, 2022
The NABE reports some businesses are raising prices to remain profitable, but they may be running into resistance from consumers.
Seventy five percent of businesses that responded across all sorts of industries say costs for materials have been rising in the last few months.
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What's behind significant rent increases in some U.S. cities?

Apr 27, 2022
People looking to break out of shared housing are increasing demand for rentals, but supply is limited.
Some markets across the U.S. have seen double-digit percent increases in apartment rents.
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As the expanded child tax credit draws to a close, yet another study highlights its positive impact

Apr 20, 2022
It's been especially important to low-income families and families of color.
Studies show that many parents have used the expanded child tax credit to purchase healthier food and household necessities.  
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Repaying student loans is a burden, but most people 40 and under don't regret taking them out

Apr 20, 2022
Even though loan payments have forced many of them to put off major financial decisions.
"Higher education is still probably one of the strongest predictors of financial security and stability within our society," said Fenaba Addo, an associate professor at UNC Chapel Hill.
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