Stories tagged: "unemployment"


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Americans Spent Less Money in August—a Worrying Sign for the Economy

Spending dropped after enhanced federal unemployment benefits expired, making it harder for people to pay for everyday items.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., talks with Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joshua Hawley, R-Mo., during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP)
Trump or North Carolina? Critics Say Thom Tillis Can’t Please Both

With the number of uninsured and unemployed people surging in NC, Thom Tillis, a Trump ally, questioned about his priorities.

In this April 2, 2018 file photo,  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, center, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, left, co-chairs of the Poor People's Campaign, speak at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. Barber led a town hall on the US Senate race Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
‘Morally Indefensible’: Rev. William Barber Slams GOP Reluctance on More Coronavirus Aid

William Barber led a telethon-like ‘virtual march’ Monday, demanding more federal coronavirus aid from Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell.

Congressional leadership including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, arrive to watch the flag-draped casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as is carried by a joint services military honor guard from Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)
Congress Is ‘Nowhere Near’ a Deal as Unemployment Benefits Expire

While the Senate takes a three-day weekend, 20 million Americans who relied on that financial lifeline will not see their benefits renew after midnight.

A new report says 20% of North Carolinians with children report not having enough food to eat. (Image via Shutterstock)
20% of NC Families With Children Say They Can’t Afford Enough Food Right Now

Researchers say millions in NC and across the US are in dire financial straits as federal lawmakers debate another round of coronavirus relief.

A new report says coronavirus-related unemployment leaves 1 in 5 North Carolinians without health insurance.
‘There Is No Safety Net’: New Report Says 1 in 5 North Carolinians Now Without Health Insurance During Coronavirus Pandemic

A record number of people, including nearly 240,000 in NC, have no health insurance after losing their jobs during coronavirus' economic carnage.

Gov. Roy Cooper urged local governments in some communities to consider new coronavirus restrictions as the virus spreads. (Image via NC DPS)
Facing Billion-Dollar Budget Shortfall, Gov. Cooper to US Congress: ‘Do More, as Quickly as Possible’

With federal lawmakers at odds over coronavirus relief in HEROES Act, NC Gov. Cooper says Congress must act quickly to help states and local governments.