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Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

U.S. shows surprising employment recovery in May 2020 despite pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The United States' unemployment rate is down to 13.3% in May 2020, from 14.7% in April 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 14, 2020, a man wearing a face mask walks past a sign "Now Hiring" in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia. - The US economy regained 2.5 million jobs in May as coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began to ease, sending the unemployment rate falling to 13.3 percent, the Labor Department reported on June 5, 2020. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

White House economist sees double-digit jobless rate through U.S. elections

May 24, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Kevin Hassett says the United States' unemployment rate could still be in double digits in November 2020 when US presidential elections are held

MANHATTAN. The Manhattan skyline stands in the distance as people try to get some time outside in Brooklyn, New York City, on April 4, 2020. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Jobless Americans can only hang on as pandemic rages

May 08, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Meet 3 Americans who are among the millions who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic

Evan White poses for a picture on May 7, 2020 in New York City. - The coronavirus arrived in the US early this year, followed by deaths, business shutdowns and layoffs, rendering a previously healthy economy unrecognizable. Data from the government and private surveys has shown that the economic damage is deep and may take years to recover from, but on Friday, a new Labor Department survey is expected to show unemployment spiking, perhaps to as high as 20 percent, a number few living Americans have ever seen before. Ahead of the report's release, AFP spoke to three people about how the virus has changed the course of their lives in the world's largest economy. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP)

U.S. suffers biggest job losses in history amid coronavirus

May 08, 2020 - 9:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An unprecedented 20.5 million jobs are destroyed in April 2020, driving the United States' unemployment rate to 14.7%

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - MAY 07: Niklaus Salvator poses near the hotel where he used to work on Ocean Drive on May 07, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Mr. Salvator was laid off due to the hotel closing when the coronavirus pandemic hit. He joined millions of people who have seen similar layoffs around the country. The Aprils jobs report, which is scheduled to be released Friday, will provide a look into how many jobs were lost last month due to COVID-19. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP