Small businesses are having a hard time attracting and keeping workers

May 4, 2022
Because bigger businesses can offer more.
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees lost 120,000 jobs in April.
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What's stopping so many people from heading back to work? It's not just COVID.

Feb 4, 2022
Child care issues and untenable work options play a role.
There are plenty of things holding people back from taking a bevy of available jobs.
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Omicron worries could keep some workers out of labor force

Dec 2, 2021
There are signs that health concerns, particularly for older Americans, are decreasing interest in being employed or “unretiring.”
Workers over 65 were the fastest-growing segment of the labor force pre-COVID but have retired at an accelerated pace over the last two years.
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From middle school teacher to stay-at-home dad: Why one father left his job

Dec 2, 2021
When the pandemic forced schools to close, Michael Cochran left his job to take on more childcare responsibilities at home.
A father left his job as a teacher to focus on family. Here's how they are making it work.
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Workers want better pay and incentives, and businesses are responding

Aug 18, 2021
The response, however, has led to a shift in the workforce where people are still leaving for even better-paying jobs. Small businesses are trying to keep up.
Many small businesses are realizing they have to compete with the amount of money people are receiving in unemployment benefits if they want to fill empty positions.
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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?
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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.
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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."
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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.
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"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."
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