Is the labor shortage a crisis or an adjustment?

Jun 1, 2021
According to new data, there are now 1.4 workers for each open job. Normally, that ratio is closer to 2.8 workers per vacant position.
Many industries are raising wages and offering bonuses to lure applicants. But will it work?
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

What a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage could do

Feb 22, 2021
Raising the minimum from $7.25 to $15 per hour is part of the American Rescue Act, now making its way through Congress.
The bump up to a $15 hourly minimum wage would make a big difference for people of color in particular.
Jeff Curry/Getty Images

How big could a COVID baby bust be?

Dec 7, 2020
The longer this crisis lasts, the bigger the bust will likely be.
Melissa Kearney, professor of economics at the University of Maryland, says when it comes to the COVID baby bust, "one of the big questions is, how many of these missing births are going to be delayed versus never happened."
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Cost of child rearing in China hinders baby boom

Oct 9, 2020
Besides the high costs of raising children, the cost of living is often cited as one of the key deterrents for young parents.
Fang Zixian and his abundance of toys — the first generation in his family to have such items.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

"Women's Work," the book that wants to show all work is women's work

Mar 4, 2020
From miners to CEO's, photographer Chris Crisman collected images and essays from 60 women working a variety of jobs across the country.
Sophi Davis, a rancher and marketer based in Montana, is featured in Chris Crisman's book, "Women's Work."
Chris Crisman

What's it like to return to the workforce in this economy?

Oct 4, 2019
It depends on how long you've been out, what you do and where you live.
A job fair
Filippo Alfero/Getty Images

For many second-generation Asian-Americans, academic achievement doesn't translate to professional achievement

Mar 21, 2019
Asian-Americans have the highest percentage of college grads of any minority group. And though they represent just 6 percent of the population, they account for 20 percent of Ivy League students. But once they enter the workforce, it’s a different story.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
Students walk near Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The future is bright… let’s make it even brighter together.

Be a Marketplace Investor with a donation in any amount today.

How rural America is turning into a digital desert

Dec 6, 2018
The geographic digital divide is wider than ever.
Jez Arnold/Flickr

Why employers are feeling more pressure to raise pay

Sep 7, 2018
New data from the Labor Department show 201,000 new jobs were created in August, which is about average, month-in, month-out, for the past year.  The unemployment rate was unchanged, at 3.9 percent. We’ve been sitting in that low-unemployment ballpark since mid-spring. Average hourly earnings for private sector workers accelerated in August.  They’re up 2.9 percent compared […]

Wages are rising at a steady clip for construction workers

Sep 7, 2018
And still builders are facing a shortage of skilled and unskilled workers.
A construction laborer works on the site of a new residential building in the Hudson Yards development in 2016 in New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images