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Unemployment claims still above 700,000

Feb 25, 2021
It's the lowest figure since late November for weekly jobless claims, but the labor market isn't making much progress.
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For teachers, pandemic adds new stresses

Feb 25, 2021
A new Rand survey found stress was the top reason why teachers leave the profession, even before COVID-19.
A new report from the Rand Corporation shows the toll stress takes on those in the profession, and how the pandemic has made things worse.
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Relief bill could lift millions of kids out of poverty by expanding tax credit

Feb 24, 2021
Eligible parents could get monthly checks under the proposal instead of a yearly credit when they file their taxes.
According to the OECD, the U.S. has one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world.
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Germany seethes over the slow delivery of COVID-19 vaccines

Feb 24, 2021
Delays in the European Commission’s procurement of vaccine is tempering Germany’s enthusiasm for the European Union.
A nurse inoculates a resident of Saxony, Germany, with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
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New PPP plan aims to level playing field for smallest businesses

Feb 24, 2021
Smaller businesses owned by women and people of color often lack the banking relationships that larger companies have.
President Biden announced changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at helping smaller businesses owned by women and people of color to qualify for federal loans due to the economic impact that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Some college buildings are vaccination sites, but most faculty, students aren't eligible yet

Feb 24, 2021
Distribution of vaccines on campuses has sparked debate about whether students and faculty should be getting the shots.
Taylor Davis, 61, teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She said college professors should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine once K-12 teachers are eligible. “I am more concerned about what an 18-year-old is going to do in their social time than I am a fifth grader,” she said.
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Vaccine supply chain bottlenecks eased, drugmakers tell Congress

Feb 23, 2021
Pfizer and others are collaborating to accelerate production. Johnson & Johnson and Novavax may receive FDA approval soon.
In vaccine making, one of the key bottlenecks is filling bottles quickly.
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Wearable tech shows promise for early COVID-19 detection

Feb 22, 2021
Academic researchers are studying whether consumer fitness devices can provide warning signals long before a person's symptoms.
A Stanford University COVID-19 study is tracking people with Apple Watches, Fitbits and other trackers. Above, an Apple Watch from 2014.
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London’s East End struggles inside the “COVID Triangle"

Feb 22, 2021
The East End's suffering in the pandemic is analogous to its experience during World War II's Blitz, stirring solidarity.
Communities in the East End have come together with a solidarity comparable to the Blitz spirit of World War II.
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Black small business owners are optimistic about 2021

Feb 22, 2021
According to a new survey, most expect revenue to rise, and many expect to hire more staff.
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