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Pandemic could cause twice as much homelessness as the Great Recession

Jan 14, 2021
COVID-related unemployment could cause about 600,000 people to become homeless over the next three years, according to a report from the Economic Roundtable.
Squares painted on the ground encourage homeless people to social distance at a city-sanctioned encampment in San Francisco.
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How baby bonds could help close the racial wealth gap

Jan 13, 2021
A proposed $1,000 savings account for every baby born in the U.S. could improve future outcomes for an entire generation of families.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, above, and Sen. Cory Booker are pushing for baby bonds to help close the racial wealth gap.
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Will Capitol attack hike security costs for Biden inauguration?

Jan 11, 2021
The pandemic likely saved money for the Secret Service budget during the 2020 campaign.
Workers reinforce a crowd-control fence around Capitol Hill with concrete barriers Thursday, after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol.
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Will January bring more hiring?

Jan 8, 2021
The latest COVID relief package will have a positive effect on the economy as soon as this month.
A waiter at the outdoor dining area of a restaurant in New York last year.
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New rule lets companies treat some employees as gig workers

Jan 7, 2021
Usually there are lots of benefits and protections that come with being an employee instead of a gig worker, like being paid the minimum wage.
An Uber Eats delivery worker rides an electric scooter in Manhattan in 2020.
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Marriage and divorce are way down, study suggests

Jan 6, 2021
Divorce is expensive, and many couples may not have the economic resources right now to split up.
Divorce is expensive, and right now, a lot of people don't have that money to spend.
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The latest pandemic relief measure increases SNAP benefits

Jan 5, 2021
Advocates say the food assistance increase should help reduce food insecurity for households that qualify.
The increase in SNAP benefits, plus an additional $300 a month in federal unemployment benefits, should help reduce food insecurity.
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Congress lets paid sick, family and medical leave mandate expire

Jan 1, 2021
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act required many employers to offer COVID-related paid sick and family leave. Not anymore.
A medical worker administers a coronavirus test at a drive-thru site in Washington, D.C., last year.
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Has 2020's spike in support for Black-owned business carried through to the holidays?

Dec 24, 2020
The pandemic has been hard on Black-owned businesses.
Courtesy Tiffany Griffin

Consumer spending and personal income fell. That's bad news for the economy

Dec 23, 2020
With stimulus checks long gone and unemployment benefits running out, many consumers are less willing to spend.
Shoppers wearing protective masks are seen at Hudson Yards on Nov. 27, 2020, in New York.
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