From This Collection

Lots of parents hold off on back-to-school shopping

Jul 10, 2020
Because...are the kids even going back to school this year?
French schoolchildren wearing protective gear attend class in May. Will this year's purchases include face masks and hand sanitizer along with notebooks and pencils?
Damien Meyer/AFP via Getty Images

Higher education could see big revenue losses from a sports shutdown

Jul 10, 2020
College sports bring TV contracts, corporate donations and other income that could be lost this year due to COVID-19.
Fans cheer the Ohio State University Buckeyes at a 2008 game. In one year, sports brought in $209 million to the school.
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

How the pandemic is creating a “low-touch” economy

Jul 10, 2020
Social distancing guidelines and nervous customers are pushing business to change how they operate. Some of the changes may be permanent.
The entry area of the Akwaaba D.C. bed and breakfast. Usually the inn would be booked solid this time of year, but few customers are visiting during the pandemic.
Kimberly Adams/Marketplace

Lumber prices climb as people stuck at home build those gazebos they've been putting off

Jul 10, 2020
The price of lumber is at a 2½ year high, driven by a sawmill slowdown and more interest in home projects.
Timber on the dock of a New Zealand port in February. Demand for lumber hasn't slowed, but production has.
Phil Yeo/Getty Images

Nearly a third of tenants either missed or couldn't pay full July rent, survey finds

Jul 10, 2020
The problem is worse among households earning $50,000 a year or less.
One reason tenants have been able to pay at all is the $600-a-week federal pandemic unemployment payments.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Working parents could face discrimination as pandemic wears on

Jul 9, 2020
A California woman has sued her employer, saying she was fired because of her child care responsibilities.
A mother works from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Women are reducing their work hours much more than men to take care of children and attend to household needs.
Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.

A family farm's quandary: small kids, no school and harvest around the corner

Jul 9, 2020
Soon the Schwagerls of Browns Valley, Minnesota, will need "all hands on deck." But they are facing fall with without child care or school.
Lou Benoist/AFP via Getty Images

Expanded COVID-19 unemployment money is helping millions of workers pay their bills

Jul 9, 2020
The extra $600 every week is set to run out at the end of this month.
Juanmonino via Getty Images

Layoffs stuck at high level as 1.3 million seek jobless aid

Jul 9, 2020
The six states that have had to reverse business reopenings make up one-third of the economy.
The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images