Making sense of a disappointing jobs report
May 7, 2021

Making sense of a disappointing jobs report

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Economists expected 1 million new jobs in April. We added 266,000. Also on the show, why the Federal Reserve is pointing to risks in the current economy and we hear from restaurants in Texas finding it hard to attract staff.

Segments From this episode

The Weekly Wrap: About that jobs report

"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Nela Richardson, chief economist at ADP, and Heather Long, economics reporter at the Washington Post, about the why the April jobs report missed the mark and what it might say about the state of the recovery.

What's it going to take to juice U.S. job growth?

May 7, 2021
The pandemic's still weighing down the economy, despite some encouraging signs.
People who are refusing to get vaccinated are the greatest factor holding back economic recovery, some experts say.
Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Federal Reserve points to risks in the current economy

May 7, 2021
Soaring asset prices, as in the stock market, and risky bets by financial firms could be vulnerabilities.
The lofty levels of stock prices are among the risks to financial stability the Fed is monitoring.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

United States of Work: Rocio Montano

On this segment of our ongoing series “United States of Work,” we hear from construction worker Rocio Montano about how she’s using extra time and money saved during the pandemic to further her education.

Restaurants in Texas are finding it hard to attract staff

May 7, 2021
Restaurants across the state are in fierce competition for workers — most of whom, post-COVID-19, want safer and better-paying jobs.
“About 91% of restaurants report openings they can't fill,” said Emily Williams Knight with the Texas Restaurant Association.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

An hour from the nation's capital, a different infrastructure debate

May 7, 2021
In a rural community within 40 miles of Washington, dozens of families live without potable running water.
Torinda Dyson and her family received a portable toilet and a hand-washing station from LifeStyles of Maryland.
Kimberly Adams/Marketplace

Music from the episode

Puff Lah KAYTRANADA
Feather Little Dragon
Suga Suga Baby Bash, Frankie J
The World Is Yours Will Sessions
Mad (feat. Lil Wayne) Solange, Lil Wayne
Fail Safe William Tyler

The team

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