Mar 11, 2021

A year into the pandemic, a look back at unemployment numbers

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We try to get a sense of the scale and severity of joblessness over the past year. Plus, what it's been like to be a remote intern during the COVID-19 contagion.

Segments From this episode

A year of pandemic unemployment, by the numbers

Mar 11, 2021
Three economists share statistics that depict the depth and length of the COVID-19 recession.
For the past 51 weeks, first-time claims have been higher than at any time during the Great Recession.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Businesses plan to spend more money on themselves. What does that mean?

Mar 11, 2021
Greater capital spending is a sign that consumer demand is picking up and will probably continue to grow.
Capital spending involves large-scale business investments like buying machinery and building new workspace.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

New law dramatically expands access to health care subsidies

Mar 11, 2021
Lots of low- and middle-income folks who didn’t qualify for subsidies before will now.
Under the new law, nobody will have to pay more than 8.5% of their income on health insurance.
Stephane De Sakutin/AFP via Getty Images

Craft store, rooted in hands-on learning, pivots online to survive

Amelia Freeman-Lynde wanted to show people the joys of handcraft in person. The pandemic forced her to transition to e-commerce.
Amelia Freeman-Lynde owns Freeman's Creative in Durham, North Carolina. "So much of running a small business is trying to anticipate what's coming next," she says. "And we can't do that right now."
Chika Gujarathi / Courtesy of Amelia Freeman-Lynde

How do interns learn about the workplace when there is none?

Mar 11, 2021
The programs are less about casual networking and observation in a remote world. Remote internships need more direction, one expert says.
"There's no observation, really, there's no serendipitous contact," in remote internships, says Marianna Savoca of Stony Brook University.
Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

Sunrise The Kooks
Goodness Emancipator
Dusty Blue Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band
Raspberry Jam Allah-Las
On It Maestro Nightmares On Wax
Ooh Wee (feat. Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife & Saigon) Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife, Saigon

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer