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Apr 8, 2021

What Dollar General could do for vaccine distribution

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As it turns out, there’s a Dollar General within 5 miles of 75% of Americans, the company says. The U.S. government is considering using Dollar General stores for COVID shots to boost vaccine access for vulnerable populations. Plus, weekly first-time unemployment claims climb yet again, but there's some good news buried in the report. And, we have the latest details on proposals for corporate tax hikes in the U.S. and around the world.

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The good news about the weekly jobless claims report

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits rose yet again and are still historically high, above 700,000. But Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, says there are some signs of strength. The special unemployment insurance extensions for the pandemic, which included and covered those like the self-employed or gig workers, "those initial unemployment claims have been coming down quite dramatically," Swonk said. She said that suggests people are being called back off of furlough and gig workers, who may have needed to pick up work to get by, could be getting back to full-time employment. Still, "it's not as rapid as we'd like," Swonk said.

COVID vaccines at Dollar General would boost access for low-income populations, study says

Apr 8, 2021
According to the company, 75% of Americans have a Dollar General within 5 miles of their home.
Dollar General has nearly doubled its store count in the last decade, filling in gaps in areas without big-box stores or grocery chains.
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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director