Social media decline and news sites, New job numbers surpass expectations

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Mobile phone application logos for Facebook and Instagram in 2021. A team of some of the world’s leading social media researchers has published four studies looking at the relationship between the algorithms used by Facebook and Instagram and America’s widening political divide. Richard Drew/AP Photo

The U.S. economy added almost twice the number of jobs in September than many experts predicted. We find out what accounted for the growth and what it means for the months ahead. We also talk about what a decline in social media use means for the traffic heading to news sites.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Kevin Bahr Guest
  • Patrick Johnson Guest

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