Cultural & Global Issues

Unemployment Claims Rise to Nearly 50 Million Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment in one week in June.  People are still losing their jobs months into the coronavirus pandemic. When we shut down the economy to face the pandemic and it’s difficult to restart because of continued outbreaks of the virus and problems with reopening businesses.

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NBC News

Author:

Stephanie Ruhle

Published:

June 25, 2020

Should Rent Be Canceled During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Governor Cuomo has extended a moratorium on evictions through August to help New Yorkers who are facing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.  Some people argue that there should be more relief for renters while businesses are closed.  Others argue that this is too difficult for landlords.

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Spectrum News NY1

Author:

Zack Fink

Published:

May 8, 2020

Rent is Due Today, But Millions of Americans Won’t Be Paying

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Many Americans are being threatened by eviction, even though there are new laws to prevent evictions during the pandemic. There is a debate happening between politicians about whether or not there should be federal relief to help families pay back their rent.

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NPR

Author:

Mariza Penaloza

Published:

May 1, 2020

Cancel Rent

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Millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and are unable to pay rent this month. Activists across the country are organizing a rent strike in response. Cancelling rent for the duration of the pandemic would allow low-income families keep their heads above water.

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The Atlantic

Author:

Annie Lowrey

Published:

May 2, 2020

Rally to “Cancel Rent” Brings Out Crowd on Saturday in Columbia Heights

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In Columbia Heights, D.C., people gathered to call on leaders to cancel rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The gathering was organized by the D.C. Tenants Union. People are concerned about eviction and homelessness during the pandemic.

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WUSA9

Author:

Tom Dempsey

Published:

July 25, 2020

Unemployment Rate Remains Historically High: These U.S. Cities Are Among Those With Highest Jobless Rates

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The U.S. unemployment rate remains high overall. Some cities have been hit especially hard, with unemployment rates over 15%. 

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USA Today

Author:

Samuel Stebbins

Published:

August 8, 2020

Protections for Renters

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There are protections for people having trouble making rent payments because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has temporarily paused all evictions because of nonpayment of rent.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Published:

September 4, 2020

Economic Fallout From COVID-19 Continues to Hit Lower-Income Americans the Hardest

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Many Americans, especially those with lower incomes, are struggling to pay their bills during the coronavirus pandemic.  Lower-income adults are more likely to be affected by coronavirus-related job loss or pay cuts.Pew Research Center

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Pew Research Center

Author:

Kim Parker, Rachel Minkin & Jesse Bennett

Published:

September 24, 2020

Why Activists Are Pushing for Rent Forgiveness During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Unemployment rates in the U.S. are at their highest since the Great Depression, and lots of Americans are struggling to pay their bills.  Rent is the largest monthly expense for most of the country, so many politicians are advocating for rent cancellation and to increase federal aid and rent assistance.CNBC

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CNBC

Author:

Alicia Adamczyk

Published:

June 1, 2020

Unemployment Among Young Workers During COVID-19

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Young workers are especially hard hit during economic recessions, and the recession caused by the coronavirus is no exception. Young workers are more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the labor force.  This is especially true for young Black and Hispanic workers and young workers with lower levels of education.

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Brookings

Author:

Stephanie Aaronson & Fransisca Alba

Published:

September 10, 2020