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Chipotle and others are putting diversity plans into action

Mar 5, 2021
Chipotle is making executive bonuses contingent on hitting diversity and sustainability targets.
Chipotle's plan also addresses gender and pay equity, and helping existing employees move up in the company.
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For the long-term unemployed, jobs report is not so upbeat

Mar 5, 2021
The longer people are away from the workforce, the longer it takes to return.
People who have been out of work for prolonged periods may lose the confidence they need to keep looking.
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Full retail recovery hinges on women getting back to work

Mar 5, 2021
Whether or not women recover economically from this pandemic is everybody’s problem.
More than half of the jobs lost during the pandemic have been lost by women.
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The uncertain future of commuter friendships

Mar 5, 2021
We could lose a unique kind of relationship due to working from home.
An empty Amtrak car headed for the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to the pandemic, riders would enjoy camaraderie and make career connections.
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Will borrowing get more expensive for consumers as the economy recovers?

Mar 5, 2021
Interest rates on 30-year mortgages have started climbing.
This week, Freddie Mac said the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage climbed above 3% for the first time since July.
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U.S. adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy

Mar 5, 2021
The February gain marked a sharp pickup from the 166,000 jobs that were added in January and a loss of 306,000 in December.
The February gain, however, represents just a fraction of the roughly 10 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic.
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Job postings tell two different stories of recovery so far

Mar 5, 2021
Job postings have rebounded for occupations in manufacturing and construction, but not in hospitality or travel.
Jed Kolko, an economist for the job site Indeed, said job postings are now about 6% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and "being above last year's baseline is certainly better than being below last year's, but it doesn’t mean things are back to normal."
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The SPAC craze, explained

Mar 5, 2021
Investors are piling into “blank-check” companies. Some experts are worried.
Adam Lashinsky, a columnist for Business Insider, said the investment rush can be partially explained by the current climate of ultralow interest rates.
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U.S. productivity plummeted in Q4, and reopening the economy might be why

Mar 4, 2021
The measure fell at the steepest rate in 40 years, but that might not be as ominous as it sounds — if the trend is short term.
Less productive businesses like restaurants have started to reopen, which may be causing national productivity data to decline.
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