January jobs report beats expectations, Undiscovered trees, Lack of rural drugstores

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Trees near Martinsville, Wis. on Feb. 28, 2021.
Trees near Martinsville, Wis. on Feb. 28, 2021. Bill Martens/WPR

An economic reporter breaks down the latest jobs numbers, including updates to data from the last part of 2021. Then we hear from the author of a new study about how little we truly know about all the trees in the world. And we learn about the problems with pharmacies closing in rural parts of Wisconsin.

Featured in this Show

  • Why the latest jobs report was better than expected

    The latest federal jobs report showed better than expected hiring in January. We talk about what’s behind the surprisingly strong numbers, and what they tell us about the state of the pandemic economy.

  • New study says there are a lot of trees we have yet to discover

    A new study estimates that about 14 percent of the tree species in the world have yet to be discovered. We talk to an author of the study about why such a huge portion of trees remain unknown.

  • Rural pharmacy closures creating drugstore deserts

    Analysis from University of Iowa’s Rural Policy Research Institute shows over 1,000 of the nation’s independent rural pharmacies shut down between 2003 and 2018. We talk with the institute’s director about the problems rural pharmacies face and what happens when those pharmacies close.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Christine Hatfield Producer
  • Jonnelle Marte Guest
  • Peter Reich Guest
  • Keith Mueller Guest
  • Lee Rayburn Interviewer

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