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Patrice Jetter, a furloughed school crossing guard, poses for a photograph, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Hamilton, N.J.  Jetter, who has cerebral palsy and partial hearing loss, wanted to work with kids when graduating from high school.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Disabled Americans mark milestone as crisis deepens job woes

Jul. 25, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

The Americans With Disabilities Act was a major turning point in opening large parts of U.S. society to disabled people, but three decades after its passage disabled workers still face higher unemployment than other adults -- a problem compounded by the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday marks 30 years since the ADA...

Motorists take part in a caravan protest in front of Senator John Kennedy's office at the Hale Boggs Federal Building asking for the extension of the $600 in unemployment benefits to people out of work because of the coronavirus in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Jobless claims rise as cutoff of extra $600 benefit nears

Jul. 23, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation got another dose of bad economic news Thursday as the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose for the first time since late March, intensifying concerns the resurgent coronavirus is stalling or even reversing the economic recovery. And an extra $600 in weekly...

Henry Montalvo, 30, is shown Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Phoenix. Montalvo was furloughed in March and his federal unemployment benefit expires later this month. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Stress rises for unemployed as extra $600 benefit nears end

Jul. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major source of income for roughly 30 million unemployed people is set to end, threatening their ability to meet rent and pay bills and potentially undercutting the fragile economic recovery. In March, Congress approved an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits as part of its $2...

Workers in a small appliance repair shop work behind plastic sheeting to reduce the spread of coronavirus, in central Mexico City, Monday, July 6, 2020. After three months of shutdown, officials allowed a partial reopening of downtown last week, although COVID-19 cases continue to climb. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Latin America faces 'lost decade' from coronavirus GDP drop

Jul. 16, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean said Wednesday the region’s per-capita gross domestic product is likely to drop by 9.1% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. That would take the region back to GDP levels of 2010, something the U.N. commission called...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus, rides a bicycle past a job centre in Shepherd's Bush, as the lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus continues, in London.  Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months. The Office for National Statistics said Thursday, July 16, 2020 there were 649,000 fewer people, or 2.2%, on payroll in June when compared with March when the lockdown restrictions were imposed. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

UK job losses set to rise sharply as numbers on payroll sink

Jul. 16, 2020 7:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months to levels not seen since the 1980s. The Office for National Statistics said...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 14 The New York Times on extending unemployment benefits in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic: Unemployment benefits provide people who lose jobs with a little help for a little while. The money is not really enough to live...

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo, empty United Airlines ticket machines are shown at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. United United Airlines will send layoff warnings to 36,000 employees - nearly half its U.S. staff - in the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus outbreak is hurting the airline industry. United officials said Wednesday, July 8 that they still hope to limit the number of layoffs by offering early retirement, but they have to send notices this month to comply with a law requiring that workers get 60 days' notice ahead of mass job cuts. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

Jul. 9, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is stumbling as the viral outbreak intensifies, threatening to slow hiring and deepening the uncertainty for employees, consumers and companies across the country. Coronavirus case counts are rising in 38 states, and the nation as a whole has been shattering single-day...

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 Monday, June 29, 2020, file photo, shoppers walk around Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., as New Jersey's indoor shopping malls reopened Monday from their COVID-19 pause. U.S. employers likely rehired several million more workers in June, thereby reducing a Depression-level unemployment rate, but the most up-to-date data suggests that a resurgent coronavirus will limit further gains. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

AP Explains: 5 key takeaways from a strong June jobs report

Jul. 2, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first glance, the June employment report was a blockbuster. The U.S. economy produced a record 4.8 million added jobs last month, walloping expectations. And the unemployment rate sank from 13.3% all the way to 11.1%. “Today’s announcement," President Donald Trump...

A view of the Trevi fountain in Rome, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

Europe contains jobless rate, but faces summer of discontent

Jul. 2, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

SPERLONGA, Italy (AP) — Europe has limited the rise in unemployment caused by the pandemic with a wide array of government support programs, but that cannot hide widespread economic distress and anxiety among workers and small business owners. First the good news: the unemployment rate in the 19 countries...