Inflation is high. Christmas is early. Workers are striking. : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money Indicators of the Week! Prices are up again, but is it fair to call this 'transitory' inflation? Black Friday deals are early at stores anticipating supply-chain shortages. And America is on strike.

Indicators of the Week: strikes, prices, Black Friday deals

Indicators of the Week: strikes, prices, Black Friday deals

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Prices in the U.S. have increased 5.4% since last year, but don't call this transitory inflation. If you do, you'll owe the president of the Atlanta Fed a dollar.

Speaking of dollars, stores like Target and Amazon want you to spend all of yours now on Black Friday-like deals. Yes, Black Friday in October. Several stores have already started having deal days to stay ahead of potential supply-chain shortages.

Meanwhile, the John Deere company may be facing a shortage of its own after some 10,000 employees went on strike. It's the latest in a series of high-profile work stoppages. Including, maybe, Hollywood.

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