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Mar 4, 2021

What it’s like to run a microbusiness in the pandemic economy

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Microbusinesses are the most common kind of employer in the U.S., but they might have a hard time getting financial aid meant for small businesses.

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Manufacturing struggles to find enough workers to meet demand

Mar 4, 2021
There’s a skills mismatch between job openings and job seekers.
Tractor maker John Deere has unfilled openings in some locations, like much of the manufacturing sector.
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U.S. productivity plummeted in Q4, and reopening the economy might be why

Mar 4, 2021
The measure fell at the steepest rate in 40 years, but that might not be as ominous as it sounds — if the trend is short term.
Less productive businesses like restaurants have started to reopen, which may be causing national productivity data to decline.
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Helping students of color thrive via entrepreneurship and self-care

Mar 4, 2021
Monika Mathews started QueenCare to provide mentorship and economic opportunity to young people in her Seattle community.
Monika Mathews owns QueenCare in Seattle and founded the Life Enrichment Group. "This is not about me, this is about we," she says.
Courtesy of Monika Mathews

Food commodity prices highest since 2014, according to UN

Mar 4, 2021
Weird weather, growing Chinese demand, locusts in Africa and, of course, COVID are driving the surge in prices.
When it comes to global food production, grain makes the world go round.
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We're beginning to dress like we have somewhere to go

Mar 4, 2021
An uptick in dress sales at Urban Outfitters suggests that people are looking ahead to a time when it's safer to socialize.
Is it time to trade athleisure for dresses to be seen in the real world?
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Why this unemployed bartender feels “betrayed” by the nation's safety net

Mar 4, 2021
Neil Cairns of Portland, Oregon, is finding that returning to work is a tough job.
"I'm casting my net as wide as I can," says former bartender Neil Cairns about his search for work.
Thomas Patterson

England’s school kids about to exit lockdown and enter classroom

Mar 4, 2021
As millions of young Brits return to school, parents voice relief and concern after months of enforced home learning.
Most English children will return to their classrooms Monday. Many are eager to leave the house and see their friends again.
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Music from the episode

Tiger Joon Moon
Cariño The Marías
First Choice Oddisee
Coco Mango (FloFilz Remix) MF DOOM, FloFilz
Harvest Moon Poolside
Be Good 2 Me LUXXURY

The team

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