In the Bay Area, even doctors struggle to make ends meet

May 14, 2019
A resident says medical school "made almost no financial sense."
"When I first moved out to the Bay Area for medical school, I was very excited," said Anita Lowe Taylor. "It's a good program. I really appreciate the people I work around. But it really made almost no financial sense."
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Navigating daily life in the face of Brexit

Mar 29, 2019
Freda Chisambi says she feels "really, really nervous."
Freda Chisambi works at the University of West London.
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As the cost of living rises, Marketplace listeners share what they're saving for

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, gas and rent. We called up some Marketplace listeners to get their thoughts about how […]
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Fed: U.S. household net worth drops to lowest level since financial crisis

Mar 8, 2019
The Federal Reserve reports the net worth of U.S. households dropped 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year and is now at the lowest level since the financial crisis. A look at what that drop could mean for economic optimism.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
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Where will your paycheck go the furthest?

Aug 15, 2018
Indeed.com has crunched the numbers on salary and cost of living in 185 metro areas and come up with a list of cities where your salary will go the furthest. The list also indicates where economic and job opportunities will likely be strongest going forward. The top cities are Duluth, Minnesota; Wilmington, North Carolina; Lubbock, […]
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Consumer price index released as inflationary pressures increase

Aug 10, 2018
New inflation numbers were released Friday morning, and it’s a curious thing: the economy is going strong and consumers are spending, which tends to push prices up. And yet, we haven’t seen all that show up in the inflation numbers yet. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

A major barrier to a college degree for low-income Californians: housing costs

Aug 9, 2018
Housing costs — more than tuition — are hurting California’s low-income college students.
Students walk near Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus. 
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My Economy: Leaving the big city life behind

May 8, 2018
One former journalist left the newsroom for the family business. The reason? A lower cost of living.
Matt Schewel traded a job in Washington, D.C., interviewing senators and congressman for work in the family furniture business. 
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Indigenous communities are hit hard in American's most expensive cities

Mar 30, 2018
Look at any list of the most expensive places to live in the United States, and San Francisco and the Bay Area are almost always near the top. With 3.7 million Native Americans living in urban areas, the high cost of living is changing the lives of many. High Country News reporter Julian Brave NoiseCat […]

Millions of the nation’s lowest paid workers will get a new year boost

Dec 26, 2017
Analysts say local economies could also benefit from the wage hikes.