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Opinion

Opinion: Unemployment Fraud Cost America Billions in 2020

Imagine how many small businesses could have been saved or how many families given a significant boost with $36 billion. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as scam artists siphoned off $36 billion in unemployment benefits from hardworking Americans who were hurt by the economic lockdowns.  Sometimes this fraud becomes farcical. In one instance, the rapper Nuke Bizzle

COVID-19

GOP blocks $2,000 checks as Trump leaves COVID aid in chaos

President Donald Trump’s sudden demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans was swiftly rejected by House Republicans on Thursday as his haphazard actions throw a massive COVID relief and government funding bill into chaos. The rare Christmas Eve session of the House lasted just minutes, with help for millions of Americans awaiting Trump’s signature on

COVID-19

Congress averts shutdown; fight continues over pandemic aid

Congress passed a two-day stopgap spending bill Friday night, averting a partial government shutdown and buying yet more time for frustratingly slow endgame negotiations on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. The virus aid talks remained on track, both sides said, but closing out final disagreements was proving difficult. Weekend sessions were on

COVID-19

Close but not yet: Deal near on COVID-19 economic aid bill

Congressional negotiators closed in Wednesday on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package that would deliver additional help to businesses, $300 per week jobless checks, and $600 stimulus payments to most Americans. But there was no deal quite yet. The long-delayed measure was coming together as Capitol Hill combatants finally fashioned difficult compromises, often at

Economy

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic. A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover

National

US unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows

U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August from 10.2% to a still-high 8.4%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far, the government said Friday in one of the last major economic reports before Election Day. Employers added 1.4 million jobs last month, down from 1.7 million in July

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