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The calm after the employment storm
Nov 16, 2023

The calm after the employment storm

We're seeing signs that the job market is reaching balance. Plus, the federal student aid application, aka FAFSA, will come out late this year.

Segments From this episode

New unemployment claims creep up as hiring slows

Nov 16, 2023
Six months of incremental softening of the job market has firmed up to something tangible: the number of people continuing to file for unemployment was the highest it’s been in almost two years.
Slowed hiring could be an indicator that the jobs market is mellowing out after wild swings during the first few years of the pandemic.
Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

Costs have been falling for retailers — some retailers, at least

Nov 16, 2023
While supply chain costs have fallen over the last year, some retailers are still facing wage pressure and inventory costs.
Walmart has tried to cut freight costs by expanding the size of its private fleet.
George Frey/Getty Images

A New York City street vendor scrabbles and strives to make a living

Nov 16, 2023
The Street Vendor Project estimates at least 20,000 vendors are operating in New York City, but there are permits for only about 6,000.
Vicente Veintimilla sets up his stall at the same place on the sidewalk every day near bus, subway and commuter train stops and Fordham University in the Bronx.
Amalia Silverheart/Marketplace

An improved FAFSA is on the way, but delays mean students and schools will have to scramble

Nov 16, 2023
This year's form will be shorter and easier to fill out. But it'll also arrive more than two months late.
Colleges use the information on the FAFSA to decide how much financial aid to offer applicants.
Ilya Burdun/Getty Images

Toyota's Camry sedan is going exclusively hybrid in 2024

Nov 16, 2023
The automaker has expanded its line of hybrid vehicles as it bets that some motorists are not ready for fully electric vehicles.
Toyota's focus on hybrids sets it apart from other automakers, which have thrown money into developing and producing fully electric vehicles in recent years.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Hell N Back Bakar
You Know I'm No Good Amy Winehouse
Passionfruit Drake
Afternoon Soul Gramatik
Time Will Tell Arms and Sleepers
Eyes To The Wind The War On Drugs
Gun Metal Grey The Budos band

The team

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