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COVID-19 has made inflation a global problem
Dec 16, 2021

COVID-19 has made inflation a global problem

Plus: What a trip to a warehouse can teach us about the global supply chain and why more new houses are being built despite supply shortages.

Segments From this episode

Holiday cheer: Jobless claims hit Beatles-era low

Dec 16, 2021
The hot jobs market is giving employees leverage over employers.
The current labor crunch means fewer layoffs and rising wages.
Spencer Platt via Getty Images

Prices will remain high, California warehouse owner predicts

Dec 16, 2021
David Erlanger is dealing with shipping delays and price increases the likes of which he hasn’t seen in his decades in the business.
David Erlanger at his main warehouse in Riverside, California. Business is good, but the conditions are challenging, he said.
Andie Corban/Marketplace

Despite shortages of materials, new housing construction is up

Dec 16, 2021
Contractors are finding ways to work around supply chain delays, but projects are taking longer.
New homes are being built, but the costs of shortages and delays may be passed on to  buyers.
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Inflation is a global problem

Dec 16, 2021
But a few unique factors are driving up prices in the United States.
Packages from a delivery truck are spread on a New York City street. While the U.S. is near the top in inflation, it's first among nations in spending on goods.
Spencer Platt via Getty Images

Are workers better off in a "workers economy"?

Dec 16, 2021
Many workers are quitting their jobs during the pandemic, but are they improving their financial situations after they leave?
About 4.2 million workers quit their jobs in October, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary.
Fiona Goodall via Getty Images

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The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Andie Corban Associate Producer
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer