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Reproduced from Indeed Hiring Lab; Chart: Axios Visuals

Having a working spouse has kept many unemployed Americans from scrambling to find a job.

Why it matters: U.S. employers continue to struggle with labor shortages despite employment levels being far below where they were before the pandemic.

By the numbers: According to the Indeed Hiring Lab, 20.9% of unemployed workers say that having an employed spouse has kept them from urgently seeking work.

Zoom out: Whether it's bloated savings, unemployment insurance checks, or a spouse who's bringing home the bacon, it's clear that many folks with the means to stay out of the workforce will remain on the sidelines.

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Aug 10, 2021 - Economy & Business

Office politics move into the home

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

As the pandemic drags on — keeping millions of Americans teleworking, and countless students studying remotely — the tense dynamics once confined to the office have infiltrated people's houses and apartments.

Why it matters: Families are haggling over who gets prime workspace. Should it be the biggest breadwinner? In many homes, women are the ones who get stuck with less-than-ideal offices.

Birx: Trump White House could have reduced COVID deaths by 30 to 40%

Deborah Birx, then-coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference in the White House last November. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator under former President Trump, told a House subcommittee this month that the Trump administration could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths during the early stages of the pandemic.

Driving the news: "I believe if we had fully implemented the mask mandates, the reduction in indoor dining ... and we had increased testing, that we probably could have decreased fatalities into the 30% less to 40% less range," Birx said in closed-door testimony to the Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, according to excerpts provided by the panel.

Study: Fear of debt keeps Latinos out of college

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Fear of never being able to pay off school loans is keeping many young Latinos in the U.S. from going to college or completing a degree, according to a report published in September.

State of play: Latinos tend to have more difficulty repaying school debt than white student borrowers, according to Federal Reserve data, at the same time that they need more loans in order to afford tuition.

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