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Indian passengers queue up to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER — The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus. The Denver Post reported that the university said in an email to affected students...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California jobless rate falls with help of temporary jobs

Sep. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California's economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other indicators...

Pennsylvania sees big drop in jobless rate in August

Sep. 18, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate took a steep drop in August as the labor force shrank and payrolls shot up again in a continuing rebound from shutdowns and the worst economic effects of the pandemic, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s...

Idaho initial and continuing unemployment claims drop again

Sep. 17, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 4% last week, officials said Thursday, as Idaho's economy continues recovering during the coronavirus pandemic. The Idaho Department of Labor said that applications for jobless benefits declined to 3,672 last week, while...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store in Uniontown, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Americans likely applied for unemployment benefits last week, a high level of job insecurity that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Economists expect that 850,000 people sought jobless aid, down from 884,000 the week before, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department said...

Georgia job market recovery slows; jobless rate dips to 7.6%

Sep. 17, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — New unemployment figures show Georgia's recovery from the economic shock of the pandemic is slowing. August saw the fewest number of new jobs added since the state's labor market began bouncing back in May, with a large number of people dropping out the labor force. The slowing comes even as...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The Federal Reserve adjusted its inflation target to seek price increases above 2% annually, a move that will likely keep interest rates low for years to come.  The Fed on Wednesday, Sept. 16,  also left its benchmark short-term rate unchanged at nearly zero, where it has been since the pandemic intensified in March.  (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Fed sees rates near zero through 2023, perhaps longer

Sep. 16, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic recession, Federal Reserve policymakers signaled Wednesday that their benchmark short-term interest rate will likely remain at zero at least through 2023 and possibly even longer. Fed chair Jerome Powell said at a press...

FILE - In this July 4, 2020 file photo, two women pass a sign welcoming people back to Manchester, England. Official figures released Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 show unemployment in the U.K. edged up in July even though large sections of the British economy reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, a clear signal that the jobless rate is set to spike sharply higher when a government salary-support scheme comes to an end in the autumn.  (AP Photo/Jon Super, file)

Cracks start to show in UK jobs market as unemployment rises

Sep. 15, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.K. edged up in July even though large parts of the economy reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, a signal that the jobless rate is set to spike higher when a government salary-support scheme ends in the autumn. The 104,000 rise in the number of people unemployed...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell waits for a question from a reporter at a news conference in Washington. Federal Reserve policymakers will meet for two days beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, for the first time since they significantly revised the Fed’s operating framework in ways that will likely keep short-term interest rates near zero for years to come. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Federal Reserve to meet after sharp changes to its outlook

Sep. 15, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers will meet this week for the first time since they significantly revised the Fed's operating framework in ways that will likely keep short-term interest rates near zero for years to come. As a result, analysts expect the Fed will keep its benchmark rate...

FILE - Andy Paulsen wears his mask during a walk in downtown in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 9, 2020. Utah has set new goals for fighting the coronavirus pandemic that include keeping the state's fatality rate below 1% and maintaining an unemployment rate below 4.5%, state leaders said. Gov. Gary Herbert and other state leaders rolled out their new plan, which prioritizes both public health and boosting the state's economy through the fall and winter. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah aiming to keep COVID-19 fatalities, unemployment low

Sep. 10, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has set new goals for fighting the coronavirus pandemic that include keeping the state's fatality rate below 1% and maintaining an unemployment rate below 4.5%, state leaders said Thursday. Gov. Gary Herbert and other state leaders rolled out their new plan, which prioritizes...