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Wearing masks amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, volunteers Karen Cooperstein, right, and Edwin Chinchilla, left, prepare food for the pubic during a drive through food pantry distribution by Catholic Charities in Dallas, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

Jul. 2, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus. While the jobless rate...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo, the Federal Reserve building is viewed in Washington. Federal Reserve officials last month expressed concerns about the severity of the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The minutes of the June 9-10 discussions that were made public Wednesday, July 1, 2020, show officials grappling with economic disruptions that had already occurred. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Fed minutes show concerns about severity of downturn

Jul. 1, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month expressed concerns about the severity of the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, saying the drop in economic activity in the spring would likely be the steepest in the post-World War II period. The minutes of the June 9-10...

A woman wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Asian shares up after Wall St closes best quarter since 1998

Jul. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after Wall Street capped its best quarter since 1998, shrugging off continued signs of global economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2% to 22,187.27. South Korea's Kospi rose 1.0% to 2,130.14. Australia's...

American flags are reflected in a protective shield as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)

Mnuchin says hardest-hit businesses should be next aid focus

Jun. 30, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress on Tuesday that the administration wants the next round of economic aid to focus supporting businesses like restaurants that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. Mnuchin said he is already talking to lawmakers about getting...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo, the Federal Reserve building is viewed in Washington. The Federal Reserve's Main Street lending program is off to a slow start. Banks are showing a surprising lack of interest in the program, while businesses are having a hard time accessing it. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Fed's program for loaning to Main Street off to slow start

Jun. 30, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Haith, owner and CEO of a Denver-based restaurant chain called Teriyaki Madness, is in an unusual position for people like him: He's making money through food delivery and pickup and wants to borrow funds so he can expand. Yet so far, a Federal Reserve lending program set up...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo, the Federal Reserve building is viewed in Washington. The Federal Reserve's Main Street lending program is off to a slow start. Banks are showing a surprising lack of interest in the program, while businesses are having a hard time accessing it. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Fed's program for loaning to Main Street off to slow start

Jun. 29, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Haith, owner and CEO of a Denver-based restaurant chain called Teriyaki Madness, is in an unusual position for people like him: He's making money through food delivery and pickup and wants to borrow funds so he can expand. Yet so far, a Federal Reserve lending program set up...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. Powell says the outlook for the U.S. economy is “extraordinarily uncertain” and the success of the recovery effort will depend in large part on the country’s ability to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“A full recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to re-engage in a broad range of activities,” Powell says in testimony he is scheduled to deliver Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in an appearance with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin before the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Powell says US economy facing heightened uncertainty

Jun. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the outlook for the U.S. economy is “extraordinarily uncertain” and the success of the recovery effort will depend in large part on the country’s ability to contain the spread of the coronavirus. “A full recovery is...

File-In this May 22, 2020, file photo, a car drives past the Federal Reserve building in Washington. The Federal Reserve on Sunday, June 28, 2020, released a list of roughly 750 companies, including Apple, Walmart, and ExxonMobil, whose corporate bonds it will purchase in the coming months in an effort to keep borrowing costs low and smooth the flow of credit.  The central bank also said it has, so far, purchased nearly $429 million in corporate bonds from 86 of those companies, including AT&T, Walgreen's, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Marathon Petroleum. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Apple, AT&T, Jack Daniel's: Fed issues details on bond buys

Jun. 28, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Sunday released a list of roughly 750 companies, including Apple, Walmart and ExxonMobil, whose corporate bonds it will purchase in the coming months in an effort to keep borrowing costs low and smooth the flow of credit. The central bank also said it has, so far,...

Shoppers, left, head to the entrance as a sign on the outside wall invites customers to shop inside a Best Buy store Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Richfield, Minn. as restrictions due to the coronavirus have eased in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

US consumer spending up 8.2%, partly erasing record plunge

Jun. 26, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers increased their spending by a record 8.2% in May, partly erasing huge plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter. Last month's rebound in consumer spending followed...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019, file photo a Bank of America logo is attached to the exterior of the Bank of America Financial Center building in Boston. The Federal Reserve said on Thursday, June 25, 2020, a worst-case scenario for the U.S. economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic would cause nation’s 34 largest banks to collectively lose roughly $700 billion. To bolster the banks ahead such a potentially damaging recession, the Fed ordered the banks to suspend stock buybacks and dividend payouts until Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fed stops big banks from buying back stock, caps dividends

Jun. 25, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A worst-case scenario for the U.S. economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic would cause the nation’s 34 largest banks to collectively lose roughly $700 billion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. To bolster the banks ahead of such a potentially damaging recession, the Fed ordered...