Month: March 2021

States with the highest unemployment one year after the COVID-19 pandemic began

One year after the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic, Americans are still filing unemployment applications at a pace father than during the Great Recession.

While all states have seen unemployment applications recede from record highs after the coronavirus pandemic first roiled America’s employment picture last spring, some have suffered stubbornly high job losses months into the recovery.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s latest report, which breaks out the insured unemployment rate (a ratio of people on unemployment benefits divided by labor force) at the state level through Feb. 20, Pennsylvania led all states

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$1,400 stimulus payments plus $300 monthly checks for parents in relief plan is ‘critical’: professor [Video]

The House of Representatives passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan on March 10. The legislation, called the American Rescue Plan, will head to the president’s desk for his signature on Friday in a final step before becoming law.

While most Americans are focused on getting their $1,400 stimulus checks, it’s the extension of the child tax credit in the relief legislation that really stands out as revolutionary policy, according to Pamela Stone, professor of sociology at Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York, and author of the books “Opting Out” and “Opting Back In.”

The relief

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Brodie Langston is New Hanover County Schools’ Student of the Week

This feature is sponsored by O’Brien Service Company.

Student Name: Brodie Langston

School: SEA-Tech

Grade: Ninth

Best subjects: World History

Worst subject: Principles of Business and Finance

Favorite quote or saying: I don’t have a favorite quote or saying.

What drives you crazy? The book “The Odyssey” and people who are not open-minded

What makes you happy? Having time to myself

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Favorite movie: “V for Vendetta”

Favorite color: Dark green

Favorite food: Sushi

What do you do for fun? Play video games

Whom do you admire most, and why? I admire people who

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