The labor market’s rebalancing act
Apr 4, 2023

The labor market’s rebalancing act

Fewer job openings? Normally that's not great news, but it could actually be an encouraging sign right now. Plus, retailers can finally slim down their inventories.

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Job openings fall in a possible sign of the elusive "soft landing"

Apr 4, 2023
Fewer job openings in normal times might be not great news, but right now, it is — cautiously speaking — a good sign. 
Workers moving into jobs in hotels and restaurants could be a sign that the economy is rebalancing.
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Employers want everyone back in the office — for real this time

Apr 4, 2023
A less robust job market has made corporate leaders' preference easier to implement.
Companies like Meta are pausing the hiring of remote workers. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the data suggests that engineers who started at the company in person generally perform better than people who trained remotely.
Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

After years of too much or too little, a return to just-in-time inventory

Apr 4, 2023
The cycle of shortages and overstocking may be easing, thanks to supply chains restarting in Asia and the cost of storing products.
With inventories in better shape, big promotions and discounts have subsided.
Hollie Adams/Getty Images

California writers cafe changes the business model for coworking spaces

Apr 4, 2023
A subscription-based coworking site in San Francisco functions as a private coffee shop for members and fosters collaboration.
Page Street is open 24/7, with each member granted access through an electronic key.
Courtesy Janis Cooke Newman

What Argentina’s inflation crisis says about trust in economic institutions

"It really is important to remember that confidence and trust really underpin our financial system," says Emily Stewart of Vox.
"You have to be pretty savvy to survive in the economy [in Argentina], because your money obviously is constantly losing value," says Vox's Emily Stewart.
Juan Mabromata/AFP via Getty Images

Wyoming school is training students for a new energy future

Apr 4, 2023
A power plant in the offing will need trained workers to build and operate it. A local college has the first power-line program in the state.
A student practices using his harness and spiked shoes to climb a power pole. The Western Wyoming Community College program sets up graduates to get apprenticeships to eventually become journeyman electricians.
Caitlin Tan/Wyoming Public Media

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The team

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