Consumers face higher prices as businesses pass on costs of shortages

Jun 8, 2021
Higher costs for labor and supplies are increasing price tags.
With pent-up demand now unleashed, many businesses can't find enough labor or supplies to satisfy consumers.
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Many employers want to hire — now. Many workers aren't ready to go back.

May 6, 2021
Maybe they're not vaccinated. Or they have caregiving responsibilities. Or employers aren't offering attractive wages.
Companies are recruiting loudly and persistently, but they may need to try harder. People aren't rejoining the workforce as quickly as companies are creating openings.
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Real-time proof the job market is recovering

Apr 30, 2021
But it could take more than a year to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
Job postings are strongest in sectors like driving, construction and warehousing.
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"We're definitely counting on a comeback"

Dec 16, 2020
That's what the president of Mississippi-based Golding Barge Line says he's hoping for in the new year.
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Fewer employers, less work spell trouble for job market

Dec 4, 2020
It's employees of small businesses who are most at risk, according to one payroll processor.
A pedestrian wearing her facemask and holding a cup of coffee walks past a closed sign hanging on the door of a small business in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2020.
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Remittances to some Latin American countries are booming

Sep 2, 2020
Latinx migrants tend to work in essential jobs. And their families back home could really use the support.
A woman counts cash outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in El Salvador. Remittances to that nation and others in the region declined sharply, then rebounded.
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The changing labor market could affect hazard pay

May 20, 2020
Bonuses for many essential workers is being rolled back this month. And high unemployment could push wages down, even for risky jobs.
An Amazon employee at the company's Staten Island distribution facility. The giant retailer is phasing out its hazard pay.
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Women are working more jobs than men. It's probably not a blip.

Jan 10, 2020
For the first time since 2009, there are more women in the workforce than there are men.
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Companies say they want more skilled workers. What's a "skilled worker?"

Dec 19, 2019
Well, it depends on what sort of job is looking for them.
Woodworkers fall into the skilled workers category.
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