Jul 1, 2020

How the BLS does the numbers

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Today, we'll dig into the workforce survey and what you should make of it. Plus: How enforceable are interstate travel restrictions?

Segments From this episode

The pipeline problem for Black women in economics

Jul 1, 2020
Kai Ryssdal talks with Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, CEO of the Sadie Collective.
Graduates of Spelman College in Georgia, a historically Black women's college, attend commencement ceremonies in 2002.
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Miscalculation of unemployment data not easy to fix

Jul 1, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said it might have been undercounting the number of workers classified as "unemployed on temporary layoff."
Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines for help with unemployment claims in June.
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States with travel curbs often rely on businesses to enforce the rules

Jul 1, 2020
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey have imposed quarantines on visitors from 16 states. Enforcing pandemic safety rules can be a delicate task for businesses.
A lifeguard wears a mask while overseeing the main beach in East Hampton, New York.
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Goldman Sachs starts diverse board member policy for handling IPOs

Jul 1, 2020
The investment bank wants boards to include more people from chronically underrepresented groups.
Even with progress toward making boardrooms more diverse, women hold less than 18% of corporate board seats in the United States, according to Deloitte.
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Secondhand clothing sales are growing during the pandemic

Jul 1, 2020
We took a tour of the distribution center for thredUP, the world's largest resale website.
Used items fill three-level racks in a thredUP distribution center. From here, items are packed and shipped to customers.
Courtesy thredUP

Will British enterprise be a casualty of COVID-19?

Jul 1, 2020
Some fear that Britain’s massive state intervention to combat the economic effects of the pandemic could stifle the country’s entrepreneurial spirit.
A worker fills a bread order at a bakery in Wales in June. British entrepreneurs are worried government intervention during the pandemic could dampen the country's innovative spirit.
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Music from the episode

1977 Ana Tijoux
Brokenfolks Georgia Anne Muldrow
Philodendron Fields Monster Rally
Black Sands Bonobo
Realize Matilde Davoli

The team

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