May 6, 2020

The month the labor force stood still

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There were 20.2 million fewer people on American payrolls in April. Uber and Lyft are reporting first quarter earnings, and ridership is way down. With COVID-19, the role of big meat producers is changing in the supply chain.

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Airbnb is cutting around 25% of its global workforce

The company is trying to readjust to whatever the post-pandemic travel industry will look like.
Nearly 1,900 people are going to lose their jobs.
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Amid dismal demand, Uber and Lyft seek road to a profitable future

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Uber and Lyft both have quarterly earnings call this week.
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COVID-19 exposes U.S. meat supply's dependence on a few large plants

May 6, 2020
Shutting down just one or two of those plants can take out 10% of the meat supply.
At a New Seasons Market grocery store in Portland, Oregon, customers’ meat purchases are now limited to preserve adequate supplies.
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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Candace Manriquez Wrenn Producer/Editor
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director