Mar 24, 2020

What’s the difference between being laid off and being furloughed?

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Plus: this week's unemployment claim numbers, how the repo market works and the nationwide mask shortage.

Stories From this episode

What's the difference between a furlough and a layoff?

by Kristin Schwab Mar 24, 2020
The distinction matters for your personal economy and the economy at large.
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What to watch for in Thursday's weekly unemployment claims numbers

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Mar 24, 2020
"If we're believing some of the forecasts coming out from a lot of the banks, we might see numbers in the millions," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Workers lining up for jobs circa 1950.
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COVID-19 draws apparel manufacturers into the surgical mask business

by Marielle Segarra Mar 24, 2020
Hanes. The fashion designer Christian Siriano. And lots of small apparel companies are getting into the mask-making business.
A shortage of surgical face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has some unexpected manufacturers stepping up.
Scott Heins/Getty Images
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Automakers roll out incentives to woo uncertain consumers

by Jack Stewart Mar 24, 2020
Offers include seven-year interest-free loans and no payments for six months.
Automakers are offering deals, like six months of payment deferral, to entice people to buy during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Carl Court/Getty Images

Air freight prices surging in a "perfect storm"

by Sabri Ben-Achour Mar 24, 2020
Loading up passenger planes with cargo is not an easy thing to do, physically or economically. But it's happening.
Air freight is directional. A lot more comes to the U.S. from China than the other way around.
Amdrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
Shelf Life

The legacy of the crossword puzzle in times of crisis

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Mar 24, 2020
Through wars, recessions and possibly even today’s pandemic, crossword puzzles serve as an escape from hard times.
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Music from the episode

Sisyphus Andrew Bird
Menagerie Monster Rally
Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin) Maribou State, Khruangbin

The team

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

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