Doubling down on chocolate bunnies

Apr 9, 2020
A Maine-based business has ramped up Easter production, keeping its employees at work and donating unsold chocolate to local nonprofits.
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Despite staggering unemployment numbers, it's even worse than it looks

Apr 9, 2020
Nearly one out of 10 people who had a job to go to before the pandemic don't have one now.
One expert estimates unemployment in the U.S. is around 14% currently.
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Coronavirus-linked hardship puts pressure on food banks

Apr 9, 2020
As millions lose their jobs or suffer furloughs, the demand at food banks is surging.
Volunteers pack boxes of food at the distribution center of the Capital Area Food Bank on April 9 in Washington, D.C.
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Wuhan returns to life after COVID-19 lockdown

Apr 9, 2020
In the city of 11 million, it is far from business as usual.
People sit outside Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in the hope of taking one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province on April 8.
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Roughly 1 in 10 workers have lost their jobs in the past 3 weeks

Apr 9, 2020
The actual number of Americans out of work or nearly so is almost certainly higher.
With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark
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Fed announces $2.3 trillion in additional lending

Apr 9, 2020
The loans, to support American households, businesses and local governments, is part of the Main Street Lending Program authorized by the economic relief law.
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Today's numbers on COVID-19

Apr 9, 2020
A daily snapshot of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Boston Fed president: "Social distancing is expensive"

"Until we have a vaccine and people are completely comfortable, the duration and severity of this downturn are hard to determine," Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said.
Eric Rosengren thinks it will be "some time" before people are comfortable attending social events in the same way. "And that means it's going to be some time before the economy is fully recovered."
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How to help the poor amid COVID-19? Give them money, says Nobel laureate Esther Duflo

Apr 9, 2020
If a segment of the population stops buying things, it could lead to a much larger economic crisis, Duflo warned.
Nobel laureate Esther Duflo points to direct cash transfers in coronavirus response.
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To house the homeless, agencies turn to vacant hotels

Apr 8, 2020
Homeless people are much more likely to contract COVID-19 — and to die from it — than the general population.
Congress has set aside $4 billion for homeless assistance during COVID-19. Above, a doctor with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic speaks with homeless people about the coronavirus in San Francisco, California on March 17.
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