Economy

LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Economy And Vaccines

CBS News reports: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are meeting Monday with the heads of major companies and labor unions to discuss the incoming administration’s economic agenda, the Biden transition office said. The president-elect will deliver remarks on the economy following a remote briefing in Wilmington, Delaware, which comes as the stock market is surging on news …

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NYC Floats Single E-Hail App For Cabs And Uber/Lyft

The New York Daily News reports: New York City’s ailing taxicab industry may get a boost if a proposed bill gets a green light from the City Council. The legislation would require the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to establish a “universal e-hail app” to let riders order from a single app any for-hire vehicle — including taxis and cars …

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McConnell Won’t Put Trump’s Stimulus Deal To Vote

Axios reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he would not put a potential $1.8 trillion+ deal struck by Democrats and the Trump administration on the Senate floor. “My members think half a trillion dollars, highly targeted is the best way to go,” he said. Why it matters: The economy and American workers need help. Democrats say …

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Labor Dept Reports 898K Jobless Claims Last Week

CNBC reports: American workers continued to hit the unemployment line in large numbers last week, with 898,000 new claims filed for jobless benefits. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for 830,000. The total for the week ended Oct. 10 was the highest number since Aug. 22 and another sign that the labor market continues to struggle to get …

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Trump Reverses, Offers $1.8 Trillion Stimulus Package

CNBC reports: The White House will take a $1.8 trillion coronavirus stimulus offer to Democrats as the sides work to strike a deal before the 2020 election, a source told CNBC. The plan would mark an increase from the $1.6 trillion the Trump administration previously proposed. House Democrats passed a $2.2 trillion bill earlier this month, and the sides have …

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Trump Kills Stimulus Bill Until “After I Win The Election”

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump put an end to months of negotiations over a COVID-19 stimulus package Tuesday, rejecting the Democrats’ latest offer and saying he wanted to postpone negotiations until after the election. In a Tuesday afternoon tweet, Trump said Democrats were “not negotiating in good faith” and was rejecting their offer. Trump’s announcement comes as many of …

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Jobs Slowed In September, Last Report Before Election

The New York Post reports: The US economy added 661,000 jobs in September as the American labor market’s rebound from the coronavirus pandemic hit yet another snag, new data show. Last month’s growth in non-farm payrolls helped push the unemployment rate down to 7.9 percent but marked a continued slowdown in hiring from August’s addition of about 1.5 million jobs, …

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Labor Dept Reports 837K New Jobless Claims For Week

Yahoo Finance reports: Another 837,000 individuals filed new jobless claims last week, for a marginal step down from the upwardly revised 873,000 reported for the prior period. This marked the fifth straight week that new jobless claims come in below 1 million. On a seasonally unadjusted basis, claims also declined, falling by more than 40,000 to 786,942. But six months …

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Labor Dept Reports 870K New Jobless Claims For Week

Yahoo Finance reports: Another 870,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, unexpectedly rising slightly from the prior week to reaffirm a slowdown in the U.S. economic recovery. The U.S. Department of Labor released its weekly jobless claims report at 8:30 a.m. ET Thursday. At 870,000, Thursday’s figure represented the fourth consecutive week that new jobless claims came in …

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Labor Dept Reports 860K New Jobless Claims For Week

ABC News reports: Some 860,000 Americans lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. The latest tally shows that new jobless claims have dipped significantly since peaking at 6.9 million in the last week of March. Still, it shatters the pre-pandemic weekly record set in 1982 of 695,000. Meanwhile, more than 29.7 million …

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Federal Debt To Exceed Size Of Economy In Next Year

The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. debt has reached its highest level compared to the size of the economy since World War II and is projected to exceed it next year, the result of a giant fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that federal debt held by the public is projected to reach or …

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Labor Dept Reports One Million New Jobless Claims

CNBC reports: The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits for the first time came in above 1 million for the 22nd time in 23 weeks as the economy struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the second-consecutive week that new claims was above 1 million. Initial claims were last below 1 …

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Jobless Claims Below 1M For First Time In 20 Weeks

Yahoo Money reports:  The number of individuals filing new unemployment insurance claims improved to a fresh pandemic-era low last week, falling below the 1 million mark for the first time since March. Thursday’s report ended what had been a previous 20-week streak that new claims totaled more than 1 million, with tens of millions of Americans put out of work …

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Sanders Renews Call For One-Time Tax On Billionaires

Sen. Bernie Sanders writes for The Guardian: As a nation, the time is long overdue for us to finally address the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that exists. In my view, we can no longer tolerate the three wealthiest people in America owning more wealth than the bottom 50%, the top 1% owning more wealth than the bottom …

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Amazon Eyes Empty Mall Spaces As Fulfillment Centers

The Verge reports: Amazon has had talks with Simon Property Group about converting some of its mall spaces into fulfillment centers. The conversations started before the coronavirus pandemic, and before the latest wave of bankruptcy filings by mall stalwarts like Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, and Nieman Marcus. It’s a bit of an on-the-nose example of how e-commerce is overtaking the …

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One-Third Of Renters Expect To Miss August Payment

Bloomberg News reports: Renters across America are wading into unknown territory. With the lapse of the federal moratorium on evictions that expired July 31 and the end of the $600 per week boost to unemployment benefits, a recent survey reveals the breadth of financial uncertainty now plaguing Americans. An estimated 27% of adults in the U.S. missed their rent or …

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1.2M New Jobless Claims As $600/Week Benefit Ends

Yahoo Finance reports: The number of new unemployment insurance claims improved last week to a pandemic-era low but held above 1 million yet again, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to weigh on the pace of recovery in the labor market. Thursday’s report reflected the twentieth straight week that new claims topped 1 million, as the pandemic forced furloughs and layoffs …

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1.4M New Jobless Claims, Worst GDP Drop In History

NBC News reports: More than 1.43 million people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, according to new weekly data from the Department of Labor. It’s the second-straight week that the number has risen, and the 19th week in a row that the U.S. has seen more than a million claims. For context, the prior peak was …

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Dow Plunges 1800 Points Amid Renewed COVID Fears

CNBC reports: The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 1,800 points on Thursday and was on pace for its worst day since the March sell-off as coronavirus cases increased in some states that are reopening up from lockdowns. Shares that have surged recently on hopes for a smooth reopening of the economy led the declines. The 30-stock Dow traded …

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Labor: 1.5M New Jobless Claims, 44M Over 12 Weeks

CNBC reports: The pace of unemployment claims declined again last week as the U.S. jobs market continued its plodding recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Initial claims totaled 1.54 million, compared with the 1.6 million expected from economists surveyed by Dow Jones and a plunge of 355,000 from the previous week’s total just shy of 1.9 …

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