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Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How a government shutdown affects the economy

The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the Deutscher Arbeitgebertag congress, organised by the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) and gathering German employers in Berlin on November 22, 2018. Wolfgang Kumm/AFP

Questioning the claim of Germany’s ‘employment miracle’

The labour market inequalities and economic insecurity are stoking discontent from the Rhine to the Seine.
Brisbane has half the population of Sydney and Melbourne, but all three cities have very similar commute distances and times. superjoseph/Shutterstock

Our fast-growing cities and their people are proving to be remarkably adaptable

Urban growth has had much less impact on commuting distances and times than media reports would suggest. The explanations include jobs being widely dispersed and residents' adaptable decision-making.
Job seekers at a Walmart hiring event. in 2012 in Altadena, California. Hundreds of applicants showed up for 65 positions that were available. KPCC

Survey: Americans like their jobs, not the US labour market

In April 2017 the IPSP surveyed a representative sample of US adults about what makes a job a good one. Respondents put money and atmosphere first, two very different and complementary criteria.

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