What to watch for in Thursday's weekly unemployment claims numbers

Mar 24, 2020
"If we're believing some of the forecasts coming out from a lot of the banks, we might see numbers in the millions," said Tara Sinclair of George Washington University.
Workers lining up for jobs circa 1950.
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While many face unemployment, Amazon ramps up hiring during COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020
Some companies are hiring people to go to work, so that others can avoid going out as much as possible.
Amazon says it will pay workers at least $17 an hour to work during the pandemic.
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February jobs numbers don't reveal much about economic impact of COVID-19

Mar 6, 2020
Economists are tracking other data for clues about where the economy is headed.
The affect of COVID-19 on jobs is likely to show up in shipping and transportation. Above, the cranes are idle at the Port of Los Angeles — the nation's busiest container port — on March 6, 2020.
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Meet Rocio, 24, construction worker

Feb 18, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics would categorize Rocio’s job most broadly as “natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations.” One in 10 workers work jobs in that category.
Ben Hethcoat
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Meet Kate, 24, new account representative at a bank

Feb 18, 2020
Kate's work is part of the "Sales and Office Occupations," category, like 20% of the U.S. labor force. She has an associate's degree.
Matt Staver
United States of Work

Meet Gaile, 70, convenience store cashier

Feb 18, 2020
Gaile is part of the sales industry and works part time. She's part of the largest growing segment of workers — those over 55.
Melissa Lyttle
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Meet Derrick, 40, college dean

Feb 18, 2020
Derrick's work is characterized as "management, professional, like 40% of the U.S. workforce.
Caroline Yang

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United States of Work

Meet Stephanie, 49, executive director of a movie theater

Feb 18, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics would categorize her under “management, professional, and related occupations," along with four in 10 U.S. workers. This category also includes teachers, dentists, CEOs and a wide range of other professions.
Amiee Stubbs
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Meet Neil, 34, bartender

Feb 18, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics would categorize Neil's job as a “service occupation,” along with a wide range of other workers. Two in 10 people work jobs in that category.
Thomas Patterson
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Meet Ashley, 34, hair stylist

Feb 18, 2020
Ashley is part of the service industry and like 80% of the U.S. labor force, works full time.
Arlie Sommer

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