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Kai Explains

4 things to know about monthly jobs numbers

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Oct 3, 2019
The report tracks how many jobs are created and what the unemployment rate is, among other things.
Farm workers harvesting parsley in Colorado in 2011.
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4 ways to measure inflation

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 23, 2019
What are we talking about when we talk about inflation?
You don't need a complicated math problem to measure inflation; the CPI and PCE will do.
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Job creation has downshifted from last year

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2019
Labor Department data shows average monthly job creation has slowed significantly since 2018.
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March jobs report: Reversion to the norm

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 5, 2019
The report, while an improvement on February, is no cause for elation.
Job hiring paperwork is seen on a desk during a job fair put on by Miami-Dade County and other sponsors on April 05, 2019 in Miami, Florida. The job fair was being held as the Labor Department released its monthly hiring and unemployment figures for March which showed that 196,000 jobs were added last month, a rebound from the February report. 
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As the cost of living rises, Marketplace listeners share what they're saving for

by Bennett Purser and Liz Sanchez Mar 18, 2019
Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report confirming a rising cost of living in the United States as the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent. Although it was a small hike, it affected the prices of food,…
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Even the Bureau of Labor Statistics is confused about your employment situation

by Ali Oshinskie Oct 11, 2018
The gig economy is shrinking. Wait, what exactly is the gig economy?
Dog Walker Dorothy Agius-Bennett takes her pets for a stroll during a powerful rainstorm on December 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.
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What it's like to hold multiple jobs

by Marielle Segarra Oct 5, 2018
The hours — and the fatigue — add up.
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Trump trade tariffs could save some jobs, endanger others

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 5, 2018
Approximately 140,000 Americans now work in primary steel and aluminum production — down from approximately 230,000 in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, according to Moody’s Analytics, more than 6 million Americans work in industries that use…

Were retail jobs always low wage, with few benefits?

by Marielle Segarra Feb 9, 2018
A brief history of retail work in America.
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Why you should care about the government's economic data

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 25, 2017
Private companies, investors, workers and consumers depend on government economic data for a wide array of financial decisions.
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