March was a month of shopping in the U.S.
Apr 15, 2021

March was a month of shopping in the U.S.

Vaccinations and stimulus checks are behind the news that retail sales took off, up nearly 10% in March. Plus, new U.S. sanctions for Russia target Moscow's sovereign debt, what investors are lending to Russia. Also, hundreds of companies sign statements opposing "any discriminatory legislation" that would make it harder for people to vote in the U.S. And, why small business owners are having trouble filling open positions.

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Small businesses are having trouble filling job openings, so some wages are rising

Apr 15, 2021
Almost half of small business owners said in a survey they couldn't fill open jobs, so many of them are offering more money.
Many small businesses are realizing they have to compete with the amount of money people are receiving in unemployment benefits if they want to fill empty positions.
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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 Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer