On today's show, we picked what we thought were the most striking indicators for this week. We'll be discussing two big stories: the cold snap across much of the United States and the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Specifically, our first indicator is more than 50%. More than 50% of American families get their heat from natural gas or propane, and many people have been cut off from heat during the recent cold spell due to shortages of these heating fuels.
Our second indicator is two-thirds, which is the share of unemployed people surveyed by Pew Research who said that they have seriously considered changing their occupation or their field of work entirely. The survey also found unemployed Americans were also suffering emotional strain from job loss.
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