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A restaurant worker cleans the tables in the outdoor dining area of a Mexican restaurant in La Mirada, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work – again – as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing hopes for a quick economic recovery. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Nov. 24, 2020 5:57 PM EST

Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work — again — as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing hopes for a quick economic recovery. And the timing,...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, people examine a storefront window as they walk in Boston's fashionable Newbury Street shopping district. Defying fears of another slowdown, U.S. businesses kept hiring at a solid pace in October yet there are signs they remain cautious about the economy's future as the pandemic worsens. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Hiring held last month but signs of caution as virus worsens

Nov. 6, 2020 4:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying fears of another slowdown, U.S. businesses kept hiring at a solid pace in October, yet there are signs they remain cautious about the economy's future as the pandemic worsens. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 638,000 jobs and the unemployment rate tumbled a...

Seth Goodman, of Port Carbon, Pa., and his brother Chase Goodman, back, cross the train tracks on Jackson Street in the annual Port Carbon Halloween Parade in Port Carbon, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The parade was sponsored by Port Carbon Citizens Committee and local businesses. (Jacqueline Dormer/Republican-Herald via AP)

The Latest: New Mexico governor: Stay home on Halloween

Oct. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday said the spread of coronavirus is out of control in New Mexico as she urged residents to stay home and avoid gathering with others to celebrate Halloween. “Please — do your part to protect yourself and your fellow New Mexicans by...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

An employee closes his cafeteria before curfew in Barcelona on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has declared a second nationwide state of emergency in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain tries to reverse economic slump as unemployment rises

Oct. 27, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government plans to increase taxes on big corporations and the wealthy and use 27 billion euros ($31.8 billion) in European grants as it tries to reverse one of the deepest coronavirus-related slumps among developed economies. The country is grappling with a resurgence of the...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio. All that aid is now gone. Yet prospects for more federal stimulus this year appear all but dead, clouding the future for the unemployed, for small businesses and for the economy as a whole.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

As virus resurges, so does fear of more economic pain ahead

Oct. 26, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With winter looming and confirmed viral cases rising, Bob Szuter's craft brewery and restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, could use another government lifeline to help survive until spring. So could many restaurants and bars that buy his beer. Szuter knows of nearly 20 in the region that have...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, information signs are displayed at the closed Illinois Department of Employment Security WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US layoffs still high, but so is skepticism on jobless data

Oct. 8, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week to a still-high 840,000, evidence that layoffs remain elevated seven months into the pandemic recession. Yet economists say they are increasingly dubious about the unemployment claims figures, even though there is...