Employment figures

A man walks by a closed store during the COVID-19 in Chicago, Thursday, April 30, 2020. Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. While that's down from the previous week's 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in the six weeks since the coronavirus began taking a wrecking ball to the U.S. job market. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 06, 2020 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic catastrophe caused by the viral outbreak likely sent the U.S. unemployment rate in April to its highest level since the Great Depression and caused a record-shattering loss of jobs. With the economy paralyzed by business closures, the unemployment rate likely jumped...
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Eli Oderberg, center, sits with Katie Evers, left, their 4-year-old daughter, Everlee, and the couple's goldendoodle outside their home in southeast Denver on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Oderberg, like 30 million people around the United States who have filed for unemployment benefits after losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, is facing the specter of paying the monthly rent with the flip of the calendar. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
May 01, 2020 - 3:01 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Rent and mortgage payments are due again as more than 30 million people around the U.S. have filed for unemployment benefits after losing work in the coronavirus pandemic. Jason W. Still has been waiting six weeks for his first unemployment check since losing his job as a cook at an...
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Taxi driver Mor Gob, wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, delivers boxes with prepared meals to people in need in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, April 30, 2020. More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
April 30, 2020 - 7:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bleak new figures Thursday underscored the worldwide economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has climbed past a staggering 30 million, while Europe’s economies have gone into an epic slide. And as bad as the numbers are,...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus response with Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 30, 2020 - 3:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to dispel economic gloom, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s anticipating a major rebound in the coming months and a “spectacular” 2021. While economists are warning of serious long-term damage as the country plunges into recession because of the coronavirus,...
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A man walks past a closed business, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 30, 2020 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the U.S. economy slid further into a crisis that is becoming the most devastating since the 1930s. Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the six weeks since the...
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A sign reminding customers of social distancing is posted in the Bink's Outfitters store Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Retailers in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties were allowed to reopen Wednesday with restrictions as the state begins the next wave of reopening its economy during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 29, 2020 - 9:21 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The effort to reopen the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has set off a conflict at the state and federal level that is escalating by the day over how much legal protection companies should get if their returning workers get sick. The White House, governors,...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian strolls past small businesses that are shuttered closed during the coronavirus epidemic in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York. As of mid-April, about 26 million Americans had filed unemployment claims in the first five weeks since governments began ordering people to stay home and some businesses to close as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. It's already the worst stretch of job losses in U.S. history. New unemployment data to be released Thursday, April 30, 2020, is expected to push that total even higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
April 29, 2020 - 4:24 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A surge in unemployment stemming from the coronavirus shutdown of large parts of the U.S. economy is starting to push some state jobless funds toward insolvency. At least a half-dozen states already have notified the federal government that they could need to borrow...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Thursday, March 26, 2020, Founder of Anderson Family Cafe Network Anastasia Tatulova, left, speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with business owners and entrepreneurs at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia. With tears in her eyes, Anastasia Tatulova, who owns a chain of cafes for children, told Putin during a recent meeting with businessmen that a more tangible support is needed quickly. She urged the Kremlin to temporarily waive taxes instead of offering tax deferments and expand subsidies. Putin promised help, but Tatulova said that the federal authorities have stonewalled most of her proposals. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
April 27, 2020 - 4:16 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Desperate business owners in Russia have been pleading with the Kremlin for help in the pandemic shutdown. The response, however, has been slow and largely focused on big industries, leaving most smaller companies to fend for themselves and raising the prospect of massive unemployment...
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President Donald Trump signs a coronavirus aid package to direct funds to small businesses, hospitals, and testing, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Washington. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration look on. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 24, 2020 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spend what it takes, Washington said as it confronted the coronavirus. Well over $2 trillion later, it’s unclear where that spending will end. One of the lasting legacies of the coronavirus pandemic will be staggering debts and deficits on the U.S. balance sheet, with shortfalls...
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Together Omaha food pantry workers load supplies into a vehicle driving up to the pantry in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, April 23, 2020. The number of Nebraska residents seeking unemployment benefits for the first time dropped again last week but is still far higher than usual as businesses struggle with the fallout from the coronavirus. The state received 12,340 new unemployment claims during the week that ended April 18, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
April 23, 2020 - 8:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by the coronavirus, according to new data released Thursday. In response to the deepening economic crisis, the House passed a nearly $...
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