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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 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, a construction worker stands on stilts while working at a residential building construction site at the Harbor Point redevelopment site on the Stamford, Conn., waterfront. According to the Commerce Department, U.S. construction spending fell for a second month in May 2020 with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

Jul. 1, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell 2.1% in May with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the May decline followed an even larger 3.5% fall in April. Construction spending was also down in March, falling 0.3%. The construction...

Jennifer Gottschalk, environmental health supervisor of the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, walks down a hallway of the department’s offices in Toledo, Ohio, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. When the coronavirus pandemic struck earlier in the year, the county’s department was so short-staffed that her duties included overseeing campground and pool inspections, rodent control and sewage programs, while also supervising outbreak preparedness for a community of more than 425,000 people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Jul. 1, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue...

Look at method used to assess state of public health system

Jul. 1, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

To assess the state of the public health system in the United States, KHN, also known as Kaiser Health News, and The Associated Press analyzed data on government spending and staffing at national, state and local levels. What reporters found was a mix of survey and budget data, each measuring a slightly different...

Residents some wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus buy lunch at a restaurant that has started selling their food on the street to avoid the indoors in Beijing Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Three months after China declared victory over the coronavirus and started to reopen its economy, restaurants are among thousands of small businesses that are struggling to lure back skittish consumers nervous about the virus and possible job losses. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China reopens but businesses struggle to lure back consumers

Jun. 30, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Daronghe restaurant in Chengdu in China’s west has reopened but, with business down by half, its staff of 150 come to work on alternate days. Three months after China declared victory over the coronavirus and started to reopen its economy, the restaurant is among thousands of...

California's budget has billions in cuts to close deficit

Jun. 29, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $202.1 billion budget on Monday, reflecting an economy and tax revenues hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget contains billions of dollars in cuts to state worker salaries, the court system and public colleges and...

State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, left, gives a thumbs up as she talks with Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday, on a state budget plan that has the backing of both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic Legislative leaders. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Senate OKs plan to close $54 billion deficit

Jun. 26, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate on Thursday approved a $202.1 billion spending plan that covers the state's $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of temporary tax increases, delayed spending and cuts to colleges, courts and state worker salaries. The vote came hours after Gov. Gavin...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, St. Paul, Minn., as he talked about the unrest in the wake of the death of George Floyd while he was in custody of Minneapolis police.(Glenn Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz approves $841M in federal COVID aid to cities, counties

Jun. 25, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz approved plans Thursday to distribute $841 million in federal coronavirus aid to cities and counties across Minnesota, along with another $12 million for food banks and food shelves that have seen a surge in demand since the pandemic hit the state. The money comes from the...

Delaware lawmakers given final approval to new budget

Jun. 24, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware state House has given final approval to a $4.5 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. House members voted 40-to-1 for the budget bill Wednesday, one day after it cleared the state Senate. The fiscal 2021 spending plan is $73 million larger than the...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo orange barriers enclose chairs and tables that will be used for dining along Sixth Street between Liberty and Penn avenues in downtown Pittsburgh. A report by Moody’s Analytics, a private sector economic research firm, released Wednesday, June 24, is warning anew of continuing damage to the economy if Washington doesn’t deliver several hundred billion dollars in budget relief to states and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Report: State, local aid needed to avert 4 million layoffs

Jun. 24, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new private sector report is warning anew of continuing damage to the economy if Washington doesn’t deliver several hundred billion dollars in budget relief to states and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Wednesday’s report by Moody’s Analytics, a...