Trump's relief delay causes unemployment confusion

Dec 28, 2020
Two pandemic programs briefly expired. It could have meant billions in lost relief for one week — but it didn't.
President Donald Trump has signed the COVID-19 relief bill after refusing to do so for several days. Above, the president and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House for Mar-a-Lago last week.
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A year ago, women were the majority of the workforce. Then 2020 hit.

Dec 28, 2020
Chabeli Carrazana of The 19th News looks back at how women's place in the economy changed this year.
A nurse in Worcester, Massachusetts. The coronavirus-induced recession has hit fields with female-majority workforces.
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Will the latest stimulus last long enough?

Dec 22, 2020
The $900 billion in relief was a compromise that may not compensate for the prolonged economic hardship.
Empty tables stand outside of a restaurant in Manhattan on Dec. 11, 2020, in New York City.
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Even with more stimulus, analysts forecast a slow economic recovery

Dec 17, 2020
COVID-19 is surging, layoffs are rising, consumers are hunkering down. Not a great place to be heading into 2021.
A closed bar in New York at the beginning of the pandemic.
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Losing a job hasn't translated to losing health care — so far

Dec 16, 2020
Most people who've lost jobs during the pandemic didn't get health insurance at work.
Doctors test hospital staff at a triage center in New York early in the pandemic.
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Politicians love promising jobs. But where do the numbers come from?

Dec 15, 2020
It starts with a huge web of government data on jobs.
President-elect Joe Biden has promised 1 million new jobs in the auto industry. Above, Biden speaks at a campaign event in July.
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How extending unemployment benefits leads to a stronger recovery

Dec 10, 2020
When workers can use unemployment benefits to cover their basic needs, policy expert Alix Gould-Werth says they’re able to find better paying jobs.
People lined up for unemployment applications in Hialeah, Florida, in April.
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U.S. sees hiring slowdown for fifth consecutive month

Dec 4, 2020
U.S. employers added a modest 245,000 jobs as the spread of coronavirus continues to intensify.
A man walks past a "Now Hiring" sign in front of a store on Dec. 1, 2020 in Arlington, Va.
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Fewer employers, less work spell trouble for job market

Dec 4, 2020
It's employees of small businesses who are most at risk, according to one payroll processor.
A pedestrian wearing her facemask and holding a cup of coffee walks past a closed sign hanging on the door of a small business in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2020.
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