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Hiring in a pandemic requires a different calculus

Jan 8, 2021
Small business owners are getting burned out making hiring and firing decisions while cash flow is weak and uncertainty reigns.
An employee stocks merchandise at a store in Glendale, California. Many businesses have reduced staffing as the pandemic reduced cash flow.
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U.S. loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly loss since spring

Jan 8, 2021
The figures suggest employers have rehired roughly all the workers they can afford to after laying off more than 22 million.
The unemployment rate stayed at 6.7%, the first time it hasn’t fallen since April.
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Millions will get their relief payment via debit card. That's good ... and bad

Dec 30, 2020
Cards are usually cheaper than checks. Unless there's a dispute.
President Donald Trump holds one of the prepaid debit cards being issued by the IRS, during a Cabinet meeting in May.
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Trump's relief delay causes unemployment confusion

Dec 28, 2020
Two pandemic programs briefly expired. It could have meant billions in lost relief for one week — but it didn't.
President Donald Trump has signed the COVID-19 relief bill after refusing to do so for several days. Above, the president and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House for Mar-a-Lago last week.
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Holiday temp work down this year, even with a lot of e-commerce hiring

Dec 24, 2020
Seasonal gains in temporary jobs are behind last year's pace.
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Will companies choose to rehire laid-off employees or hire new ones?

Dec 23, 2020
When they're ready to start hiring, businesses have to consider costs and legal issues.
A flight attendant passes out refreshments. Airlines are among the industries that could rehire workers once pandemic relief is distributed.
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Layoffs still up as 803,000 seek unemployment benefits

Dec 23, 2020
Before the virus struck, applications typically numbered around 225,000 a week before shooting up to 6.9 million in early spring.
The job market remains under stress nine months after the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy into recession and caused millions of layoffs.
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Will the latest stimulus last long enough?

Dec 22, 2020
The $900 billion in relief was a compromise that may not compensate for the prolonged economic hardship.
Empty tables stand outside of a restaurant in Manhattan on Dec. 11, 2020, in New York City.
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What we know about the latest plan for more COVID relief

Direct payments in the range of $600 and extra unemployment benefits around $300 per week are on the table.
"What we really need in this package is a bridge to when the weather is warmer and the vaccines are disseminated," says Marc Goldwein, senior vice president and senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
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Why hasn't Congress fixed unemployment insurance?

Dec 17, 2020
Congress was able to pass the CARES Act quickly, but its benefits expire Dec. 26. Will they be extended?
Congress has known what's wrong with unemployment insurance for decades.
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