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Santa shouts to a family at a Bass Pro Shops drive-by Christmas kickoff last Saturday in Springfield, Mo. Photo: Andrew Jansen/Springfield News-Leader via Reuters

The tight labor market is producing a Santa shortage as malls try to return to real-life wonderlands after last year's virtual workarounds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: "Working Santas are capitalizing on their scarcity value, bumping up hourly rates and packing their schedules," the Journal notes.

  • "Concerns about the virus are still high among a group of workers that skews toward older, heavier-set men."

Go deeper: Surprise labor shortage hits schools

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John Frank, author of Denver
Nov 9, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado's topsy-turvy job market, explained

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Colorado's labor market is a roller coaster.

What's happening: The state led the nation for layoffs and separations in August and ranked No. 7 for people quitting jobs, well above the national average, according to a newly released federal report that breaks down the state's labor data for the first time.

Axios Visuals Deep Dive: Pandemic eating

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A food revolution began pre-pandemic and COVID has only accelerated that. See how America's food industry is transforming, from farm to your table.

Abrams’ campaign manager rules out 2024 run if she wins governor's race

Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

In her first major interview since the official announcement, Stacey Abrams' campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo quashed speculation that the Georgia Democrat would interrupt a theoretical gubernatorial term to run for president in 2024.

Why it matters: Abrams' name has come up repeatedly as a top 2024 Democratic contender given President Joe Biden's age and Vice President Kamala Harris's low favorability rating.