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Quirky, bizarre, unusual — and strong
Feb 4, 2022

Quirky, bizarre, unusual — and strong

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On today's episode, we delve into January's jobs report, the worker retention problem and an ambulance shortage in rural Texas.

Segments From this episode

January's strong jobs report says more people have come off the sidelines to go to work

Feb 4, 2022
Many older people returned to work, but the recovery isn't as strong for people of color and women.
The federal jobs report surprised forecasters, showing that people are returning to work and fewer left the workforce than believed.
Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Weekly Wrap

Kai Ryssdal talks to The New York Times’ Jeanna Smialek and Yahoo Finance’s Brian Cheung about the jobs report, rate hikes and more of this week's economic news.

Home prices climbing in "family-friendly" areas

Feb 4, 2022
A Zillow analysis found that an increasing number of millennials with young children are looking to buy.
The cost of homes near good schools and parks are rising faster than homes in other neighborhoods as millennials reach their prime purchasing years.
Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Hiring is hard. So is keeping the workers you have.

Feb 4, 2022
As companies try to hold on to the workers they have, pay and benefits are on the up and up. That may not be enough.
In a remote work environment, employees may have fewer social connections that may otherwise make them stick around.
Prostock-Studio/Getty Images

In rural West Texas, there's a scramble to keep ambulances running

Feb 4, 2022
After the loss of a local provider, officials are working to make sure paramedics will still show up when people call 911.
Greg Henington, a local EMS and fire chief in rural Brewster County, is leading a task force focused on finding a new ambulance provider for part of the county.
Travis Bubenik

Music from the episode

Crazy In Love (feat. Jay-Z) Beyoncé, JAY-Z
Heard 'Em Say Kanye West, Adam Levine
Juicy The Notorious B.I.G.
Sticky July Butcher Brown
Go Gina SZA

The team

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