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Biden Counters Trump's 'America First' With 'Build Back Better' Economic Plan


The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's proposal would inject $700 billion into the economy through American products and research.

'Devastated': As Layoffs Keep Coming, Hopes Fade That Jobs Will Return Quickly


"What we're seeing now is that lots more people who are unemployed are going to be unemployed for a longer period of time," economist Nick Bunker says.

The Economy May Be Losing Its Impact On Presidential Elections


Conventional wisdom (and some logic) says that a bad economy will hurt President Trump in November. But growing polarization may be severing the tie between economic health and voters' choices.

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Data Raises Questions About Who Benefited From PPP Loans

The government's Paycheck Protection Program was intended to help small businesses during the pandemic keep workers on staff. But a lot of the recipients weren't exactly small businesses.

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Oregon Struggles To Process Self-employed Workers' Unemployment Claims

Almost 100,000 Oregonians have filed unemployment claims through the PUA program. Only 23,00 of them have been paid. 

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New Yorkers Look To Suburbs And Beyond. Other City Dwellers May Be Next

Now that so many are working from home, more people are considering moving out of the city. The pandemic has sent enough New Yorkers to the exits to shake up the area's housing market.

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CFPB Strips Some Consumer Protections For Payday Loans

Federal regulators issue a new rule that removes a key provision crafted during the Obama administration. Lenders no longer have to check that borrowers can repay a loan.

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Portland Places Cap On Fees Delivery Apps Charge Restaurants

A little relief is on the horizon for Portland’s hard-hit restaurant industry. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to place temporary limits on the fees third-party food delivery platforms such as GrubHub can charge.

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'Almost In Tears': A Hairstylist Worries About Reopening Too Soon

NPR's Chris Arnold sits down in the barber's chair as his 65-year-old hairstylist tells him about working 13-hour days, as he worries about catching the coronavirus.

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What Beer Sales Tell Us About The Recession

Cheap beer sales are surging, but cheap beers are still losing ground to craft beer. Yet craft breweries are still suffering. What is going on?

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Business As Usual During The Pandemic, This Time Through Plexiglass

Demand for plexiglass has skyrocketed due to the coronavirus as businesses worldwide install protective barriers.

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Hiring Surged In June With 4.8 Million Jobs Added Before New Spike In Infections

U.S. employers added 4.8 million jobs last month as the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. There are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of new coronavirus infections.

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House Follows Senate In Passing Extension Of COVID-19 Business Loans

The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the $3 trillion pandemic response package passed by Congress in March, has been extended to Aug. 8.