New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
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Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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Double trouble for service workers: No jobs and little unemployment

by Wade Rathke Sunday, September 6, 2020 Pearl River   There was a peculiar piece in the Wall Street Journal that left me scratching my head and then trying to remember, somewhat successfully, high school algebra….

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As Trump takes victory lap, new jobs report reveals alarming surge in permanent unemployment

“Um…Mr. President, that’s not what it says” “The pain is nowhere near over for millions of workers and their families across the country.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, September 4 President Donald Trump on Friday…

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Philadelphians rallied at City Hall before taking to the streets to demand Congress return and come to a deal on unemployment and other relief measures on August 20, 2020. (Screencapture from photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Number of unemployed people struggling to cover basic needs has nearly doubled since GOP killed $600 Federal boost

While Senate Republicans push for a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill, half of jobless Americans couldn’t pay for basic expenses in August, up from 27% in July. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 After Senate…

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New unemployment claims again exceed 1 Million—A reminder that ‘Now isn’t the time to cut benefits that support jobs’

Some economists reiterated calls for extending the $600 weekly boost that’s opposed by Trump and congressional Republicans. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, August 20 The U.S. Labor Department announced Thursday that national jobless claims last…

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Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

The $600 federal jobless benefit expired on July 31. Joe Raedle/Getty Images by  David Salkever, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a US$600 bump on…

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Senate departs for 3-day weekend as unemployment benefits expire for 30 million

“Tens of millions of Americans on the brink of eviction and food insecurity and the Senate just left for yet another 3-day weekend.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 31 The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has…

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Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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GOP under fire for slipping $30 billion pentagon gift into Coronavirus bill

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”  “Just how twisted is the Senate GOP coronavirus bill you ask? It includes $686 million for new F-35 fighter jets.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 In…

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GOP leaving town as unemployment benefits set to expire

‘Going to Lead to Desperation for Millions’, Wyden Slams GOP “Republicans move mountains for corporations and special interests, but when it comes to helping workers their message is clear: you’re on your own.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Different names, same address: How big businesses got government loans meant for small businesses

ProPublica found at least 15 large companies that received over half a billion dollars in PPP loans using the same technique: Getting multiple loans sent to smaller entities they own. by Paul Kiel and Jack Gillum…

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Senior Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump attends a meeting on small business relief in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 7, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Amid pandemic and recession, Ivanka Trump-led ‘Find something new’ campaign denounced as ‘Stunningly tone deaf’

“Holy shit, this can’t be real.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July14 A White House initiative to compel American workers to find different jobs as the coronavirus pandemic rages and millions are out of work…

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Labor Bureau says ‘misclassification error’ is making unemployment rate look lower than it really is

“Long story short, BLS is telling us that we’re at 16 percent unemployment.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, June 6 Buried at the bottom of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May jobs report—which President Donald…

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Analysis finds nearly one third of owed unemployment benefits have not been paid

Bloomberg found a $67 billion gap between the sum of benefits paid out by the Treasury Department and the amount that is owed to jobless Americans. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 A Bloomberg…

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Unemployment 1/3 higher than reported says study; people without benefits

“It was made complicated so people would get discouraged and give up.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, April 28 The U.S. economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak might be far worse than already reported according…

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