With unemployment high, why can't companies find the workers they need?

Mar 17, 2021
There are many theories, including unemployment benefits being too high, a skills mismatch and low wages.
Businesses could attract more workers if they raised wages, one expert says. According to the National Federation Independent Business, that's starting to happen.
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Asian Americans disproportionately hit by long-term unemployment, study says

Mar 16, 2021
In the fourth quarter of 2020, nearly half of Asian Americans who were unemployed had been out of work for more than six months.
Racism and discrimination have compounded the economic harm many Asian Americans are facing.
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How has the economy changed over the past year, in 8 charts

Mar 16, 2021
Indicators like alcohol and sweatpant sales paint a picture of how we lived the past pandemic year.
Frozen food sales in the U.S. rose by almost 24% between February 2020 and last month.
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Women are still having to choose between a job and child care

Mar 9, 2021
The American Rescue Plan includes a monthly child tax credit, but it's not enough to pay for full-time child care in most states.
Women's participation in the workforce is at a record low. Unaffordable child care and pay inequity are some of the reasons why.
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For the long-term unemployed, jobs report is not so upbeat

Mar 5, 2021
The longer people are away from the workforce, the longer it takes to return.
People who have been out of work for prolonged periods may lose the confidence they need to keep looking.
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Full retail recovery hinges on women getting back to work

Mar 5, 2021
Whether or not women recover economically from this pandemic is everybody’s problem.
More than half of the jobs lost during the pandemic have been lost by women.
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U.S. adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy

Mar 5, 2021
The February gain marked a sharp pickup from the 166,000 jobs that were added in January and a loss of 306,000 in December.
The February gain, however, represents just a fraction of the roughly 10 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic.
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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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Why this unemployed bartender feels “betrayed” by the nation's safety net

Mar 4, 2021
Neil Cairns of Portland, Oregon, is finding that returning to work is a tough job.
"I'm casting my net as wide as I can," says former bartender Neil Cairns about his search for work.
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What if jobless benefit boosts didn't need congressional approval?

Feb 22, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, federal unemployment benefits have had expiration dates. Some economists think there's a better way.
President Joe Biden discussing his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation.
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