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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Schools gradually add back jobs, but teacher shortage may worsen

May 7, 2021
Younger teachers may also be more inclined to leave and even switch career paths entirely.
Because of remote learning and $190 billion in federal aid, there haven’t been massive teacher layoffs. But stress and burnout could push people from the field, one education researcher says.
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Job postings tell two different stories of recovery so far

Mar 5, 2021
Job postings have rebounded for occupations in manufacturing and construction, but not in hospitality or travel.
Jed Kolko, an economist for the job site Indeed, said job postings are now about 6% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and "being above last year's baseline is certainly better than being below last year's, but it doesn’t mean things are back to normal."
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The jobs report: by the numbers

Feb 5, 2021
The 12.5 million jobs deficit, the 3.9 million low-wage service jobs gone, the 23 million un- and underemployed.
Any monthly jobs report can be dizzying. The one for January is a little more so.
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