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The pandemic recession only lasted two months. Wait, what?

Jul 20, 2021
For a lot of people, the downturn doesn't feel over and may not for years. So what does "over" mean in this case?
The pandemic recession may be over, but many businesses are still closed or nearly empty at Union Station in Washington, D.C., more than a year after the COVID-19 shutdown.
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To address worker burnout, some companies are shutting down for a week

Jul 2, 2021
Experts say a week off is a good start but leaves the causes of burnout untackled.
Companies including LinkedIn, Bumble and Hootsuite are requiring workers to take a week off.
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With long-term unemployment comes long-term challenges

Jun 3, 2021
The stigma impacts employers who are less likely to hire those applicants and job seekers who internalize shame and doubt.
Long-term unemployment often comes with anxiety and feelings of shame.
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For restaurants, tough pandemic decisions are starting to pay off

Jun 1, 2021
Restaurants had to make hard choices over the last year to stay alive –– choices that, it turns out, made them more efficient.
Restaurant owners have had  to let go of many employees, but they've also made their production processes speedier and with less employee-customer contact. Which of these changes will stick?
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Consumer spending rose last month. Will it hold through the summer?

May 28, 2021
It looks like consumers will continue to splurge over the summer. And after that?
Travel continues to be one cause for consumer spending into and potentially past this summer.
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Nearly half of states will cut short federal jobless benefits

May 27, 2021
The economy is steadily improving, but we're not back to "normal."
Conservatives have argued that enhanced unemployment benefits were meant to buffer workers from the worst of the pandemic, which has now passed.
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With Americans itching to travel, the second new low-cost airline this year is taking to the skies

May 26, 2021
Launching a new carrier's a risky business. Pent-up demand may help Breeze Airways beat the odds.
Avelo Airlines was the first low-cost air carrier to start up in 2021, taking flight just a month ago.
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An economic indicator suited to the pandemic: dress shoes

May 21, 2021
Dress shoe could give us a sense of how the economy is recovering.
The thing about dress shoes: You don’t really wear them around the house. They’re meant to be seen by other people.
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What's it going to take to juice U.S. job growth?

May 7, 2021
The pandemic's still weighing down the economy, despite some encouraging signs.
People who are refusing to get vaccinated are the greatest factor holding back economic recovery, some experts say.
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Many small businesses that closed at start of pandemic may never reopen

May 5, 2021
The New York Fed said each additional week a service business is closed cuts its chance of reopening by 2 percentage points.
Some businesses that closed at the beginning of the pandemic have been forgotten by their former customers.
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