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

Saturday, May 30, 2020

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.

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Who Is Responsible For The Safety Of Workers And Customers Upon Reopening, Continued

Thursday, May 28, 2020

NPR's business correspondent answers listener questions about safety at the workplace as more and more businesses are reopening around the country.

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Who Is Responsible For The Safety Of Workers And Customers Upon Reopening

Thursday, May 28, 2020

NPR's business correspondent answers listener questions about safety at the workplace as more and more businesses are reopening around the country.

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Frontline Workers Are Losing Temporary Wage Bumps Despite Increasing Risks

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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.

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Amid Pandemic, Business Owners Find Unique Ways To Stay Afloat

Sunday, May 24, 2020

People whose jobs involve personal interaction have seen their incomes vanish during the time of social distancing. That's led some to develop creative ways of making money.

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Macy's Sees A $1.1 Billion Loss, While Pandemic Lifts 'Essential' Stores Like Walmart

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Temporary store closures during the pandemic hammered nonessential retailers, including Kohl's, T.J. Maxx and Victoria's Secret. Shoppers also dramatically cut back on buying clothes.

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'Between Life And Death': McDonald's Worker Says Pandemic Puts Safety In Focus

Thursday, May 21, 2020

In his 30 years working at McDonald's, Bartolomé Perez joined several strikes to demand higher wages and better benefits. But the stakes have felt very different during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Target's Average Day In April Was Bigger Than Cyber Monday

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Though its stores remained open, Target saw its online sales jump 141% in the past three months, with 5 million shopping on the retailer chain's website for the first time.

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Home-Decor Retailer Pier 1 Looks To Close For Good

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Three months after filing for bankruptcy, Pier 1 said it plans to liquidate as soon as it can reopen stores that have been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Walmart Hires Almost A Quarter-Million Workers As Sales Soar

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The retailer says it hired 235,000 staffers to keep up with demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Its online sales jumped 74%. Shoppers visited stores less frequently but spent more on each trip.

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Are You Ready To Go Back To Work? Share Your Story

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Millions of Americans have lost work and money due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, some businesses are reopening. Are you ready to go back to normal life? NPR wants to hear your story.

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J.C. Penney Files For Bankruptcy As Lockdowns Take Their Toll

Friday, May 15, 2020

J.C. Penney began 2020 with hopes of yet another turnaround. Instead, the coronavirus shutdowns across the country have forced the department store and mall mainstay into bankruptcy.

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How Malls Are Trying To Recover After The Coronavirus Shutdowns

Friday, May 15, 2020

No more ear piercings or play areas — shopping centers around the country are making safety adjustments, eager to reopen from the costly shutdowns during the pandemic.

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For This Walmart Employee, An Angry Customer Was The Last Straw

Friday, May 15, 2020

Cynthia Murray's hours had already been cut, and she was worried about her health in the pandemic. Then a man shouted at her. "I just really felt uncomfortable," she says. So she went on unpaid leave.

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Pandemic Hits Spending Hard; 79% Dive In Clothing Sales Leads A Record Plunge

Friday, May 15, 2020

Retail sales saw record drops for the second month in a row. Other categories with huge declines included a 59% dive in furniture sales and 29% decreases in department stores and gas stations.

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Will Filing For Unemployment Hurt My Green Card? Legal Immigrants Are Afraid

Monday, May 11, 2020

"What I'm seeing is a lot of clients who are eligible to apply for unemployment are simply too afraid to do so," one immigration lawyer tells NPR.

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U.S. Industries Are Taking A Massive Toll During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Friday, May 08, 2020

The pandemic has devastated the job markets across the U.S. The April jobs report reveals the massive toll the crisis took on industries — from restaurants and retail to health care and automotive.

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Neiman Marcus Bankruptcy Is 1st By A Department Store During Coronavirus Crisis

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The luxury chain known for its extravagant Christmas Book catalog had been losing money before the pandemic. The move follows J.Crew's bankruptcy filing on Monday, foreboding potentially more to come.

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Graduation Ceremony Postponed, Dream Internship Cut Short: 'I Have No Direction'

Monday, May 04, 2020

Allie Clancy, an aspiring TV producer, had to cut short her internship at Boston's TD Garden arena. "I'm trying to get used to the idea that I might not get a job in my field for a little while."

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J.Crew Bankruptcy Filing May Not Be The Last For Retailers Slammed By Pandemic

Monday, May 04, 2020

The clothing retailer's troubles predate the health crisis. Other stores, like J.C. Penney and Neiman Marcus, are also struggling to survive extended closures.

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