HOST INTRO: After the news about Amazon broke yesterday, across the river New Jersey residents and politicians spoke out. Many want Amazon to reconsider Newark for its HQ2 location. After all, Newark was a finalist. As Lauren Lantry reports, the city is happy to be reconsidered less than four months after being rejected. […]
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March jobs report this morning, revealing a slowdown in hiring much larger than anticipated. Only 126,000 jobs were added — about half of what economists were predicted. The good news is hourly earnings rose slightly, beating expectations. That indicates the labor market is tightening — to attract employees, businesses have to pay more. Today, Miriam Sitz started her morning at a restaurant in Harlem to see how jobs report numbers play out in real life. She went to McDonald’s on 125th and Broadway.
Finding a job is tough. But studies show it’s especially hard for 70 million Americans who have a criminal record.
Many blame a checkbox on application forms that asks whether a person is a convicted felon.
On March 1st New Jersey implemented a law to ban the box. Now advocates want New York City to follow suit.