Cities that rely heavily on tourism hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

Jun 5, 2020
April figures show communities that rely on manufacturing are also hurt by job losses, but they may see improvement more quickly.
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China's forced-out workers

Jun 3, 2020
Chinese workers complain that shortened hours or being told to resign are layoffs by another name.
Masked workers labor at a factory in China.
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A house being built in Phoenix. Residential construction fell 4.5% in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Millions of Americans are waiting for their jobs to come back. They might not.

May 29, 2020
Almost one in four business owners worry their companies won't survive the pandemic, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey.
A boarded-up restaurant in San Francisco. Many layoffs that were believed to be temporary may become permanent, especially those involving higher-cost workers.
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How many furloughed workers will return to their jobs? Many are optimistic

May 11, 2020
The longer you're laid off, the more likely it is to become permament.
A temporarily closed restaurant in Chicago. Eateries and tourism may lag some other industries in reopening.
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Amid historic layoffs, millions of low-wage workers still at risk

May 4, 2020
A new report finds the worst of COVID-19 job losses could be yet to come.
Food service workers are among the most vulnerable. But the retail, hospitality and even health care sectors face challenges, too.
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Do unemployment benefits in the time of COVID-19 cover the cost of living?

Apr 23, 2020
Those dollars stretch farther in some states than others.
The benefits vary from state to state, though right now, recipients also qualify for $600 a week in federal pandemic unemployment benefits.
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Pay cuts spreading beyond executive suite

Apr 2, 2020
Cuts to pay can save jobs, but they can hurt morale, too.
As pay cuts spread further down from the executive suite, they hit average workers harder. Above, cashiers wearing protective masks work in a grocery store in Brooklyn on April 2.
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What's the difference between a furlough and a layoff?

Mar 24, 2020
The distinction matters for your personal economy and the economy at large.
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