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VOA: Pandemic Effect: US Companies Cut 20.2 Million Jobs in April

The U.S. economy, the world’s largest, is plummeting fast in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with a new report showing...

NPR: The IRS Sent Coronavirus Relief Payments To Dead People

The IRS has paid out more than $207 billion in coronavirus relief payments to individual taxpayers, as part of the $2 trillion...

VOA: US Unemployment Surpasses 30M as Pandemic Wreaks Havoc on World’s Biggest Economy

The ranks of the unemployed keep growing in the U.S., with another 3.8 million workers claiming jobless compensation last week as the...

CNN: White House economist: Unemployment could hit 20% by June

The White House is telling Americans to brace for a period of Great Depression-level unemployment this summer.

NPR: What The CARES Act Means For Your Student Loans

Student loans can be a burden, and the current coronavirus pandemic is not making it any easier. With unemployment at record highs,...

BBC: Are community currencies a better way to shop?

Currencies like the Bristol Pound support local retailers and build a sense of community, proponents say – and now some are...

VOA: Trump Signs $484 Billion Measure to Aid Employers, Hospitals

President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion bill Friday to aid employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic that has...

AP: Less driving, fewer crashes should bring cheaper insurance

Those lightly traveled freeways and streets could be putting a few dollar bills into your wallet.

CNN: Senate approves $480 billion package to help small businesses and hospitals, expand testing

The Senate passed a roughly $480 billion relief package Tuesday that includes hundreds of billions of dollars in new funding for...

NPR: Report: Adding Trump’s Name To Checks Will Delay Them. IRS Says They’re On Schedule

The IRS says coronavirus economic relief checks are going out "without delay."

CNN: Millions of Americans could lose stimulus payments to debt collectors

Millions of people received their stimulus payments from the federal government this week, but some are at risk of immediately losing the money if...

AP: Business owners left out as lending program goes on hold

The government’s lending program for small businesses is tapped out, leaving business owners who still need loans waiting for Congress to approve...

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