How the balance of power in the labor market is shifting
Jun 15, 2021

How the balance of power in the labor market is shifting

Also: why retail sales are down, about that U.S.-EU truce on airplane subsidies and what lowering the Medicare eligibility age would mean for American health care.

Segments From this episode

Retail sales are down, but what's really going on with consumer spending?

Jun 15, 2021
As the economy opens up, people are spending more on doing things — not on actual things.
Clothing sales surged in May — a sign that people are starting to go out and do things again.
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The Federal Reserve's "dot plot" explained

“Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal explains what Federal Reserve watchers mean when they refer to the Fed’s “dot plot,” and how some use it to predict future Fed policy.

Truce on Airbus/Boeing subsidies lets sides focus on emerging competitor

Jun 15, 2021
U.S.-EU pact suspends punitive tariffs and could spur collaboration to fend off Chinese expansion in the commercial aircraft industry.
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What lowering the Medicare eligibility age would mean for health care

Jun 15, 2021
Among the many issues fighting for space on the political agenda is a Biden campaign promise to lower expand access Medicare.
Medicare Advantage plans have seen a number of scandals, Marketplace's senior economics contributor explains why.
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"The balance of power is shifting": Ritholtz on the future of work and wages

Jun 15, 2021
Investor and columnist Barry Ritholtz says workers are gaining leverage in relations with management, which could lift wages.
Investor and columnist Barry Ritholtz argues that the key to the so-called labor shortage is inadequate pay.
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U.S. cars and light trucks got a little older during the pandemic

Jun 15, 2021
The average age rose by a couple months to 12.1 years. That doesn't mean there are more clunkers on the road.
The average vehicle on the road in the U.S. is now about 12.1 years old, new data shows.
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Why business owners are stocking up on inventory

Jun 15, 2021
Supply chain bottlenecks and a booming economy are pushing business owners to create a buffer — even taking out loans to do so.
Many businesses are stocking up on goods to meet customer demands.
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Music from the episode

Butterflies Anchorsong
Palm Trees Loop Schrauber
Pin It Down Madison Cunningham
Still Think Chrome Sparks
oh baby LCD Soundsystem
Favorite Song Sinkane
Superposition Young the Giant

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Daisy Palacios Senior Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer