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What if jobless benefit boosts didn't need congressional approval?

Feb 22, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, federal unemployment benefits have had expiration dates. Some economists think there's a better way.
President Joe Biden discussing his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation.
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This year's tax season is likely to be more stressful than usual

Feb 12, 2021
For a lot of people, the last year has been weird, from a tax standpoint.
Though the start of tax season was delayed, the traditional filing deadline is back.
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Unemployed workers go back to school to get back to work

Feb 11, 2021
One in three unemployed workers has pursued more education or job training while out of work, the Pew Research Center says.
A woman covers her face, pausing while filling out a job application in San Francisco.
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The jobs report: by the numbers

Feb 5, 2021
The 12.5 million jobs deficit, the 3.9 million low-wage service jobs gone, the 23 million un- and underemployed.
Any monthly jobs report can be dizzying. The one for January is a little more so.
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Jobs report reveals alarming level of long-term unemployment

Feb 5, 2021
This has many economists predicting the economic pain of the pandemic will last long after the economy "recovers."
A new study predicts it will take women and people of color an extra two years to reach pre-pandemic employment levels.
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The economy won't recover until hiring kicks back into gear

Feb 5, 2021
Job openings are back to where they were a year ago. But the labor market needs more to recover.
A restaurant displays a "Now Hiring" sign amid the coronavirus pandemic, on August 4, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.
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How people without college degrees can find higher-paying jobs

Feb 4, 2021
Half of workers could earn more for similar work, says Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker.
There's a real "need to rescale and upskill people for the new economy that's going to be coming post-pandemic," says Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker.
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Extra $300 in federal jobless benefits is making a difference, but is it enough?

Jan 25, 2021
“It's not as good as the $600, obviously, but it's better than nothing."
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With business down 95%, Hawaiian entrepreneur hopes her company and town survive

Jan 19, 2021
The pandemic has largely halted tourism, and Manu Powers has had to lay off most of her staff.
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As poverty rises, South Florida organization for the homeless starts feeding neighbors, too

Jan 19, 2021
The number of people showing up for free hot meals has more than doubled since the pandemic began, the CEO of HOPE South Florida says.
A rise in poverty and homelessness has become a major concern as the pandemic recession has left millions of people without jobs. Above, a person in Miami sleeps on a sidewalk in 2001.
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