A pay bump for 8 million workers
Jan 4, 2023

A pay bump for 8 million workers

Twenty-three states raised their minimum wage on Jan. 1. Low-wage workers have already seen healthy pay gains in the tight job market. Plus, the "sneaky practice" of shrinkflation.

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With salaries rising, how much do minimum wage increases matter?

Jan 4, 2023
Private-sector wages are up about 5% over the past year. But gains guaranteed by government can't be lost during an economic downturn.
Workers in low-wage sectors like fast food have gained higher pay in the hot job market.
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Immigration fees would increase under new USCIS proposal

Jan 4, 2023
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is funded mostly by these fees, which it hasn't raised since 2016.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hasn't raised filing fees since 2016. Above, new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Philadelphia.
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As our online behavior changes, companies spend less ad money on Google and Meta

Jan 4, 2023
Part of the reason: Social media platforms like TikTok are changing the way we shop online.
While Google is still a big part of the ad business, people are turning to sites like Amazon "as a product search engine instead," said Sucharita Kodali, a retail analyst at Forrester.
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The "sneaky practice" of shrinkflation has been driving up your grocery bills for years

Jan 4, 2023
Shrinkflation means getting less product for the same price, and it's not going away anytime soon.
Shrinkflation is a tactic manufacturers use to pass on price increases to consumers. For instance: quietly reducing the number of squares of toilet paper per roll.
Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Why layoffs are picking up at small businesses

Jan 4, 2023
The labor market is still pretty tight, but the smallest businesses are more vulnerable to an economic downturn.
Businesses with fewer than 10 employees tend to have a harder time building up cash to weather a recession, and may turn to layoffs as a cost-cutting measure.
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Facing regular floods, a Louisiana town builds higher

Jan 4, 2023
Residents see Mandeville as a model for other at-risk communities.
Leonard and Becky Rohrbough stand in front of their lakefront house, which was elevated in 2016 to protect against flooding.
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Music from the episode

Tightrope Janelle Monae, Big Boi
Flowers The Deli
Empire State of Mind JAY-Z, Alicia Keys
Horizons Bertholet & Elior
Finally Moving Pretty Lights

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer