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Marketplace
May 13, 2021
Labor shortage + desperate employers = rising wages
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“They are desperate,” said one labor market expert. “They” being businesses struggling to find workers — despite the 10 million unemployed Americans — as the economy continues to open back up. So some businesses are offering higher wages, including Chipotle and McDonald’s. But the thing about raising wages: You can’t really “unraise” them. Also on the show today: Congressional earmarks are back, what love letters have to do with buying a house, and we check in with students who had their student loans paid off by a billionaire.

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