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Why everybody’s hiring but nobody’s getting hired.

Hello from Austin, Texas! I’m down here for Fincon, the annual gathering of financial geeks. This is Fincon’s twelfth edition (although last year’s installment was virtual only) — it’s one of the highlights of my year.

Before I head out to hang out with colleagues, vendors, and friends, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite money stories from around the web. Here’s what I’ve been reading recently.

Income inequality and money imbalance in relationships. [One Frugal Girl] — “Ten years ago, I walked away from my high-paying career to become a stay-at-home mom. Although I was thrilled to spend time with my newborn son, I mourned the loss of my paycheck. Without money, I felt a deep-seated loss of self-worth and significant income inequality for the first time in my marriage.” [See also this article from Bitches Get Riches that Jim shared last week: “I now make more money than my husband, and it’s been great for our marriage.”]

10 ways to increase your income. [Alan Donegan] — “Wherever you are right now with your income trust me there is another level you can get to if you want to. I have been constantly amazed at the ways people make money and how much they end up making. One of the things that keeps life interesting for me is the idea that there is always another level if you are willing to put yourself out there and find it!”

Why everybody’s hiring but nobody’s getting hired. [Vox Recode] — “There’s no single party to blame here. Corporate hiring practices can be convoluted and too reliant on machines, and many applicants aren’t being realistic or strategic enough in their work search efforts. For employers, job seekers, and the American economy in general, it’s worth figuring out what’s going on and addressing it. Because although these trends have been exacerbated by the pandemic, many of them pre-date it, and they’re not going away.”

Today’s video feature is a 26-minute YouTube look at Aaron Fletcher, who has grazed his sheep and lived off the land as a traveling shepherd for twelve years now. He’s homeless by choice and offers his sheep-grazing services to small farms in exchange for food or a place to stay.

I found this much more interesting than I thought I would…

Okay, that’s plenty for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more great stuff. See you then!