The economy is adding more jobs than reports first reflect

Nov 18, 2021
Other employment numbers have been subject to a lot of revision as well.
Many employment statistics and reports have been revised, pointing to difficulties in understanding real-time labor conditions amid the pandemic. Above, a pedestrian walks past a "help wanted" sign.
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The Great Resignation continues in the U.S. workforce

Oct 12, 2021
A record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Women walk past by a "Now Hiring" sign in Arlington, Virginia, on Aug. 16. The most recent JOLTS report shows a high number of people leaving the workforce across multiple sectors.
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A record number of job openings, but only so-so on the hiring front

Sep 8, 2021
In some sectors, there aren’t enough job openings, like in construction, education and the arts. And in others, there are too many, like food servic
The number of hires has plateaued.
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Who's in, who's out: What the labor participation rate tells us about the job market

Aug 6, 2021
The pandemic forced some Americans out of the workforce to care for family. Risk posed by the delta variant may keep them from returning.
A job fair in June. Data in the strong July jobs report shows that the labor force participation rate remains in a narrow range.
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As federal jobless benefits cutoff looms, millions still unemployed

Aug 5, 2021
Many states ended pandemic-related federal unemployment programs early, but there's no evidence it sent more people back to work.
Despite a dip in unemployment claims, 13 million Americans are receiving some form of benefits for being out of work.
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Where have all of Shanghai's newsstands gone?

Jul 21, 2021
The kiosks have dwindled in Shanghai, and since the U.S.-China trade war began, it's hard to get people to answer even simple questions.
Gao Dongde, left, has been buying newspapers from Qu Yali's family for decades. He no longer lives in the neighborhood, but he still comes to pick up his newspapers from Qu because there are no newsstands near his current home.
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Some teachers say they're too burned out to teach summer school

Jul 7, 2021
Some programs are offering bonuses to try to lure teachers back to the classroom this summer.
What might that mean for teacher retention in the fall?
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The economic toll of having your criminal record in the news

Jul 6, 2021
A growing number of news organizations are changing their policies when it comes to identifying criminal suspects.
Police officers stand outside of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct back in June 2020.
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Labor shortage? Wage data sends mixed signals.

Jul 2, 2021
Wages across the board would rise amid a widespread labor shortage, one economist says. But we're seeing pockets of wage growth.
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