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It takes more than a “Help Wanted” sign to get people back to the labor force
Jun 23, 2021

It takes more than a “Help Wanted” sign to get people back to the labor force

Half of states have now decided to opt out of the extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits. Governors say they're trying to help businesses that don't pay enough to compete with government benefits to fill 9 million openings. But it's not just an open job that people need to get back to work. Also, May saw a record year-over-year price increase for existing homes. But we need to be careful when comparing this year's data to that of 2020. And, frustrated would-be homebuyers look for a light at the end of the tunnel in this hot housing market.

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Be careful when you see headlines about record year-over-year increases in various aspects of the U.S. economy

“Always be cautious right now when you hear that year-over-year comparison,” said Susan Schmidt, head of U.S. equities at Aviva Investors. “When you get that comparison, it’s not really important this year because it’s such an abnormal comparison when you think about where we were last summer.” One of the recent records we’ve seen in the data is the yearly increase in existing home prices. All that said, home prices are, in fact, up and there is an increased demand for housing. That’s making it hard and expensive to buy. There are also supply shortages depressing housing stock.

Frustrated buyers wonder when housing market will get easier

Jun 23, 2021
Is there light at the end of the tunnel for folks struggling to buy in a hot housing market?
Stephen Brashear/Getty Images for Redfin

As some states forego federal pandemic benefits, workers weigh their options

Jun 23, 2021
In Tennessee, the governor says everyone should be able to find a job that's a good fit. Workers say it's not that simple.
For most Americans getting jobless benefits, the money’s about to run out when all federal pandemic unemployment programs expire on Sept. 5.
Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

On My Way Home Kan Sano

The team

Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Technical Director
Brian Allison Engineer
Meredith Garretson Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer