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More restaurants paid April rent, but minority-owned businesses still lag behind

Apr 21, 2021
More than half weren't able to pay rent this month.
The number of restaurants that didn’t pay rent in April was down to 35% from 63% the month before. But the data also shows minority business owners are still lagging behind.
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Women are looking for jobs, but will they be able to find them?

Apr 20, 2021
Some women may have trouble finding work, especially if they can't return to the industry that employed them before the pandemic.
Researchers from the New York Federal Reserve found that the number of people seeking work increased between November and March, and the Fed says that increase was primarily driven by women entering the job market.
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Many younger Black Americans started investing in the stock market during the pandemic

Apr 20, 2021
According to a recent survey, 30% of Black investors under 40 first got into the market in 2020.
Black Americans who didn't grow up talking about investing are now able to pass on information they never had to their own friends and family.
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CDC: Vacant middle seats on flights reduce COVID exposure risk

Apr 19, 2021
But most major domestic airlines have already stopped blocking those seats.
This late in the pandemic, though, this data might not make a whole lot of difference when it comes to airlines' policies.
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What the vaccine rollout is like for three community pharmacists

Apr 16, 2021
They've struggled with exhaustion, low staffing levels and no-shows for appointments.
Health care workers are feeling a lot of pressure to get the vaccine rollout right: making make sure all vaccines are stored correctly, that allergic reactions are prevented and that they’re answering everyone’s questions.
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How will the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts affect each company’s reputation?

Apr 16, 2021
Are you Team Pfizer or Team Moderna? Some consumers in the U.S. have expressed preferences for the different vaccine brands.
A view of Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials.
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How will inflation move in post-COVID recovery?

Apr 16, 2021
Will we see prices rising into 2022? And would larger-than-expected spikes in inflation be noticeable to consumers?
"The overall pattern of inflation, many things will not be noticeably more expensive," says Joseph Gagnon, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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More Americans express enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccine

Apr 16, 2021
Black Americans are the least enthusiastic, which likely reflects a lack of both information and access.
The share of Americans who want a COVID-19 shot right away, or have already been vaccinated, has nearly doubled to over 60% since December.
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Vaccines won’t be a silver bullet for economic recovery, according to experts

Apr 15, 2021
Experts said COVID-19 will not be eradicated and more than vaccinations are needed for economic recovery during a hearing held by the Joint Economic Committee Wednesday.
"We can't only rely on vaccination,” said Dr. Céline Gounder during a Joint Economic Committee hearing Wednesday.
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