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Yesterday โ€” May 30th 2020NPR Economy

As 'Hero' Pay Ends, Essential Workers Wonder What They Are Worth

By Alina Selyukh
This weekend, temporary pay bumps for workers during the coronavirus pandemic are ending at companies across the country. In a normal world, high hazard pay might be the only way to stop employees from quitting en masse. But with tens of millions unemployed, workers quickly lost a lot of leverage.

Many retail and food workers are losing temporary wage bumps they got during the pandemic. Some say their work hazards are only increasing, while their wage is lower than unemployment benefits.

(Image credit: Ada Yokota/Getty Images)

  • May 30th 2020 at 14:01

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Georgia Landlord Steps Up To Assist Tenants

During the first month of shutdowns, Atlanta commercial landlord Robert Fransen decided to work with his tenants to cut them a break on their rent and help them adapt their businesses to the pandemic.

  • May 30th 2020 at 14:00

Consumer Spending Plunged More Than 13 Percent In April Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Scott Horsley

With many stores and restaurants closed last month, consumer spending plunged. That's a big blow for the economy, since consumers are the nation's biggest economic engine.

  • May 30th 2020 at 14:00

Revisiting Common Economy Questions And Reconnecting With Past Callers, Continued

By Scott Horsley

NPR's chief economics correspondent looks back at the question answered on the National Conversation about the economy. Past callers reconnect to update on how they have fared during the pandemic.

  • May 30th 2020 at 02:37

Revisiting Common Economy Questions And Reconnecting With Past Callers

By Scott Horsley

NPR's chief economics correspondent looks back at the question answered on the National Conversation about the economy. Past callers reconnect to update on how they have fared during the pandemic.

  • May 30th 2020 at 02:37
Before yesterdayNPR Economy

People Can't See It, But This Grocery Worker Still Wears Lipstick Under Her Mask

By Sarah Gonzalez
Yesenia Ortiz works at a grocery store in Greensboro, N.C. She says she wishes she would get paid more during the pandemic because of the extra level of risk to which she is exposed.

As a low-wage worker, Yesenia Ortiz wishes she would get paid more during the pandemic because of the extra level of risk to which she is exposed.

(Image credit: Sarah Gonzalez/NPR)

  • May 29th 2020 at 18:36

Michael Tubbs: What Does It Take To Transform A Struggling City?

By NPR/TED STAFF
Michael Tubbs speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us. April 15 - 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Michael Tubbs has been saying "reinvent Stockton" since he was elected mayor. Having grown up in Stockton himself, Tubbs takes a community-oriented approach to creating positive change in the city.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED)

  • May 29th 2020 at 15:36

Nick Hanauer: How Do We Begin To Reinvent Capitalism?

By NPR/TED STAFF
Nick Hanauer speaks at TEDSummit: A Community Beyond Borders. July 21-25, 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hanauer says that today's inequality results from decades of bad economic theory. He argues for a reinvention of our capitalist system and our definition of prosperity.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED)

  • May 29th 2020 at 15:36

S.C. Hospital System Tells Non-COVID-19 Patients It's Safe To Return

By Stacey Vanek Smith

Hospitals lost millions of dollars preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients. Some were swamped, but others only saw a handful of coronavirus cases. Now many are struggling to survive.

  • May 29th 2020 at 11:03

What Happened Today: Boston Marathon Is Canceled, Vaccine Questions

By Joe Palca

NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the pace and process needed to develop a viable coronavirus vaccine.

  • May 29th 2020 at 02:11

Theory Vs. Reality: Why Our Economic Behavior Isn't Always Rational

By Shankar Vedantam
Bilal Chaudhry, 16, picks up a dozen eggs to give to a person in a car during a free egg distribution in Cumru Township, PA. The distribution was held to help people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We don't always behave the way economic models say we will. We don't save enough for retirement. We give money to charity. This week, why we act in ways that go against our "rational" self-interest.

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  • May 29th 2020 at 00:02

'The Sheer Volume' Is Hard To Capture: Unemployment In Nevada Soars To Historic High

By Mary Louise Kelly
A car drives down an otherwise empty Las Vegas Strip amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 8.

Nearly 41% of jobs in the state's food and accommodation industry have been lost. The overall levels are comparable to the Great Depression, says David Schmidt, a state economist.

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  • May 28th 2020 at 23:43

Democratic Economist Predicts A Rosy Economy That May Work In Trump's Favor

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jason Furman, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, about why he is predicting a rosy economy that may benefit President Trump's reelection campaign.

  • May 28th 2020 at 22:04

Frontline Workers Are Losing Temporary Wage Bumps Despite Increasing Risks

By Alina Selyukh

Many retail and food workers are losing temporary wage bumps they got during the pandemic. Some say their work hazards are still high, and their wage is lower than unemployment benefits.

  • May 28th 2020 at 22:04

Amazon Is Offering To Keep 125,000 Workers It Hired For The Pandemic

By Avie Schneider
Amazon is offering permanent jobs for 125,000 workers it hired to deal with a sharp rise in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amazon has hired 175,000 temporary workers to deal with a spike in online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. Now it's offering most of them permanent jobs.

(Image credit: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images)

  • May 28th 2020 at 15:24

40.8 Million Out Of Work In The Past 10 Weeks โ€” 26% Of Labor Force

By Avie Schneider
A Seattle barbershop remains closed because of the coronavirus outbreak on May 19. Last week, an additional 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits around the country.

More than 1 in 4 U.S. workers have lost their jobs since coronavirus shutdowns began. Last week, an additional 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits.

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

  • May 28th 2020 at 14:33

U.S.-China Tensions Were Already High. Pandemic And Hong Kong Have Made Things Worse

By Scott Horsley
President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed a preliminary trade agreement at the White House on Jan. 15. Since then, tensions between the two countries have grown.

Relations between the economic giants have gone downhill fast since they signed a preliminary trade pact four months ago. The latest tussles over the coronavirus and Hong Kong add to the friction.

(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)

  • May 28th 2020 at 11:00

California Provides Coronavirus Relief Cash For Undocumented Residents

By Eric Westervelt

California this week has begun rolling out cash aid to undocumented adults who have been economically hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and do not qualify for federal assistance.

  • May 27th 2020 at 22:08

Boeing Cuts More Than 12,000 Jobs Due To Drop In Air Travel

By David Schaper
A line of Boeing 737 MAX jets sit parked on the airfield adjacent to a Boeing production plant last month in Renton, Wash. Boeing now says it is cutting thousands of jobs.

The number of people traveling by air has plummeted more than 90% since the beginning of March. More than half of the employees losing their jobs are being laid off involuntarily.

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

  • May 27th 2020 at 21:01

Nurse Says Shopping Feels 'Weird' While Others Are Struggling

By Camila Domonoske
Avery Hoppa with her 3-year-old daughter Zelda. Hoppa says she

Avery Hoppa, a nurse in New Hampshire, says she's "incredibly grateful" that she and her husband still work. But she says it "feels weird to be a consumer right now" when so many can't afford to eat.

(Image credit: Avery Hoppa)

  • May 27th 2020 at 16:42
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