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The “data desert” in monthly jobs reports
Feb 1, 2022

The “data desert” in monthly jobs reports

Plus, how businesses are grappling with inventory surpluses and what the deployment of Russian troops means for Ukraine's economy.

Segments From this episode

Business inventories went up between December and January. That's not normal.

Feb 1, 2022
Part of the problem is our old friend, the congested supply chain.
Supply chain issues caused an excess of inventory after the holidays, posing storage issues for businesses.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Corporate investors remain bullish on real estate market

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Corporations bought a record share of homes last year and can make it hard for regular homebuyers to compete.
According to some estimates, firms have invested roughly $50 billion in single-family rentals over the past few years.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Job openings — and resignations — still at historic highs

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26 million people quit their jobs over the past six months. In December, employers had about as many jobs open as they ever have.
The 311,000 number is higher than most predictions, while unemployment rose from 3.4% to 3.6%.
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BBC's funding system under fire amid viewership changes, Conservatives' hostility

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Boris Johnson's government may scrap the national license fee that's funded the UK broadcaster for generations.
The BBC's primary revenue source, a compulsory annual fee paid by the British people, is  stirring vigorous opposition.
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

In Ukraine, the Russian invasion scare could be keeping out foreign investors

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The threat undermines “Ukraine's position on international markets" said the Atlantic Council's Peter Dickinson. "Companies can't finance themselves."
A woman sells fruit in an underground walkway in Kyiv, Ukraine's capital. There is concern “about the safety of Ukraine as a place to do business," said Peter Dickinson of the Atlantic Council.
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Indigenous workers have been hit hard by COVID-19. But Friday's jobs report won't reflect that.

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American Indians and Alaska Natives aren't included in the monthly report, so they are often left out of discussions on economic well-being in the U.S.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects data for its monthly jobs report by talking to businesses and individuals. Some folks it doesn't talk to? American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Passionfruit Drake
Can I Kick It? A Tribe Called Quest
Work Rihanna, Drake
Independent Women, Pt. 1 Destiny's Child
Doo Wop (That Thing) Ms. Lauryn Hill
Just the Two of Us (feat. Bill Withers) Grover Washington, Jr., Bill Withers

The team

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