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The KN95 masks you bought online might not be cutting it
Jan 20, 2022

The KN95 masks you bought online might not be cutting it

According to the Center for Disease Control, some KN95s aren't meeting standards. Plus: High demand for construction workers and a check-in from an Iowa farmer.

Segments From this episode

First-time jobless claims rise — and worse may be yet to come

Jan 20, 2022
Analysts say businesses are under pressure and economic confidence has suffered.
The 311,000 number is higher than most predictions, while unemployment rose from 3.4% to 3.6%.
Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Homebuilders say they can't find enough workers despite better pay

Jan 20, 2022
Demand is pushing up wages, but not enough, some say, to bring young workers to the door as older ones head for the exit.
The construction industry is dealing with a labor shortage as older workers leave the field and too few young people choose to join it.
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Those KN95 masks you just bought might not meet testing standards

Jan 20, 2022
We go shopping for face coverings with a self-professed “mask nerd”
A discarded face mask is seen on the ground. It can be difficult for consumers without specialized testing equipment to verify the quality of masks they purchase.
David Gannon/ Getty Images

Resume gaps may shrink in importance, especially for women of color

Jan 20, 2022
Employers need understand the many reasons workers have left the jobs on their own or involuntarily, one supervisor says.
Women dropped out of the workforce in record numbers over the past year and a half. Will employers still view resume gaps as red flags?
SDI Productions/Getty Images

As prices at the grocery store rise, farmers' costs are up too

Jan 20, 2022
Iowa corn and soybean farmer April Hemmes paid double for nitrogen this year. Consumers shouldn’t blame growers for inflation, she said.
"That's farming, buddy!" says April Hemmes, a corn and soybean farmer, in the face of drought in her home state of Iowa.
Ben Hethcoat/Marketplace

Music from the episode

Kiss Me More (feat. SZA) Doja Cat, SZA
Higher Noble Oak
You Got Me The Roots, Tariq Trotter, Erykah Badu, Eve
Respiration Black Star, Common

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer