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Building financial stability, one Lego brick at a time

Jun 1, 2023
What one veteran and former bartender found in a new job.
At a retailer specializing in Lego toys, Neil Cairns found a sense of purpose.
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Fewer people are leaving their jobs. What's that mean for the economy?

Jun 1, 2023
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover report for April showed that the quits rate has dropped back to average levels in 2019.
U.S. unemployment claims rose slightly last week and the quits rate declined in April, suggesting a softer labor market.
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There aren't enough workers to help people experiencing homelessness

Jun 1, 2023
That's impacting efforts to get people into housing. But there are some programs trying to increase the number of specialists in the pipeline.
A man sleeps outside the Homeless Help Desk kiosk in the Skid Row community of Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images.
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Sausage-makers, breadwinners?

May 24, 2023
Enrollment in 2-year culinary programs was up nearly 10 percent this spring from last year. This comes as employment for chefs and head cooks is expected to grow quickly.
Enrollment in 2-year culinary programs jumped nearly 10% in a year, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
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As Title 42 ends, the strong U.S. economy is a major draw for migrants

May 11, 2023
Available jobs and better wages are helping shape the immigration patterns of people leaving their home countries for safer conditions.
Immigrants seeking asylum line up in Yuma, Arizona, on May 11. An increasing number of migrants are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border as Title 42 expires.
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Unemployment for recent college grads is the lowest in a generation

May 8, 2023
The class of 2023 is entering a strong labor market as employers continue to snap up workers.
College students graduating in 2023 are entering a strong labor market, according to recent data.
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How AI true believers are preparing for an economic revolution

May 5, 2023
For some who think artificial intelligence will rapidly transform society, saving for or staying in college feel pointless. So do 401(k)s.
Office workers in the metaverse. Joshua Clymer of the Center for AI Safety thinks there’s a high chance that artificial intelligence will replace most jobs in the next 20 years.
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Wage gains after changing jobs were lower in April

May 3, 2023
The moderation in pay growth is part of more balanced and stable economic conditions, some economists say.
"The fact that pay gains are decelerating means that demand and supply are coming into better balance," said ADP's Nela Richardson.
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March jobs report shows more signs of cooling labor market

May 2, 2023
The number of openings decreased for the third straight month in March, but it’s still historically high.
While there were still nearly 9.6 million job openings in March, that's the third straight month of decreases.
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Amid slowing wage growth, new jobs and salary negotiations still pay off

Apr 10, 2023
As wage growth slows, workers consider job-hopping to boost their pay; but when offered a new job, only 3-in-10 try to negotiate for a better deal.
Wage growth is slowing relative to peak pandemic times. With inflation remaining elevated, workers are looking for workarounds.
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