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A different kind of traffic jam in Los Angeles

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A person photographs a container ship at the Port of Los Angeles.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant more people shopping online and fewer people able to work in shipping safely, resulting in today's backlogs. Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Global rebound drives crude oil higher

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 8, 2021
With West Texas Intermediate selling above $60 a barrel, drilling and pumping oil is profitable in the U.S. Permian Basin.

L.A.'s latest traffic jam: Dozens of container ships waiting to be unloaded

by Justin Ho Mar 8, 2021
The longer there's a backlog, the more risk it poses to the recovering economy.

Seattle co-working business lost half of its revenue almost overnight

by Kai Ryssdal , Daisy Palacios and Minju Park Mar 8, 2021
“Almost overnight, we essentially almost had to shut our business down,” said Audrey Hoyt, owner of The Pioneer Collective.

Coursera's IPO reflects the demand for online learning

by Erika Beras Mar 8, 2021
The firm, a leader in the massive open online course sector, says its enrollment more than doubled last year.

United States of Work: Still looking for a job

On this segment of our ongoing series “United States of Work,” we hear from Kate Bellino about her ongoing search for work.

The customs industry navigates port delays, tariffs and uncertainty

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Mar 8, 2021
A Pennsylvania customs broker describes how business has changed due to the pandemic and is changing again under a new president

Biden has his hands full rebuilding a demoralized federal workforce

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Mar 8, 2021
There are giant holes to fill, but also a huge pool of people with experience in government who are ready to go.

Music from the episode

So Good Pete Rock, The Soul Brothers
Murder to the Mind Tash Sultana
Blank Space Taylor Swift

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