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Pandemic caused worst year for US economy since 1946

Washington - The United States saw its sharpest contraction in growth since 1946 as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy last year, but while the country may be set for a recovery, it hasn't arrived yet.The world's largest economy shrunk by 3.

World lost equivalent of 255 mn jobs in 2020: UN

Geneva - The coronavirus pandemic took a huge toll on global jobs last year, the United Nations said Monday, with the equivalent of more than a quarter of a billion lost.In a fresh study, the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) found that a full 8.

Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan

Apo - Yuichiro welled up as he collected a food parcel at a Tokyo outreach event offering help to the growing number of Japanese pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic."There is no work.

'I'm stuck': stimulus debacle pushes unemployed Americans to the edge

Washington - First, they lost their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic, and now many of the more than 20 million people unemployed in the United States may lose something else: the government aid keeping them afloat through the world's worst Covid-19 outbreak.

U.S. employment rates show the extent of the red - blue divide

How well is the U.S. economy faring during the time of COVID-19? Such a question is of particular importance during election season. A series of reports demonstrate the variations in economic and social data.

Brazil jobless rate hits record 13.8%

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's unemployment rate hit a record 13.8 percent from May to July as Latin America's biggest economy suffered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures released Wednesday.

Signs of an employment bounce in key U.S. states

There are some signs that the U.S. economy is beginning a recovery, albeit a fragile one. This is signalled in terms of jobs growth, although the employment pattern is not evenly distributed as new data reveals.

Germany extends shorter work hours scheme

Berlin - A German scheme that tops up pay for workers who lost work hours because of the coronavirus pandemic has been extended by another year to stave off mass job losses.

Unemployment in virus-hit Brazil reaches 13.3%, worst in 3 years

Rio De Janeiro - Virus-hit Brazil's unemployment rate rose to 13.3 percent in the April-June quarter, its highest in three years, according to official figures released Thursday that show 8.9 million jobs lost during the period due to the pandemic.

Op-Ed: How the U.S. is fighting wage garnishment during COVID-19

More than one-in-four U.S. citizens with a credit report have at least one debt in collection, according to a CFPB report. This number is expected to rise as people continue to get laid off and experience other types of income losses.

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 mn jobs lost: UN

Geneva - The coronavirus crisis has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said Tuesday, warning that the situation in the Americas was particularly dire.

Trump declares America back after good jobs report

Washington - President Donald Trump declared the US economy in "rocket" mode Friday after data showed a surprising recovery in the coronavirus-ravaged jobs market -- lifting his own sinking reelection chances in the process.

Pandemic, economic crisis hit Madrid's working poor

Madrid - In the shadow of a Madrid church, a crowd of men and women stand in line to collect handouts of basic foods they can't afford.

Australian unemployment rate to double as virus hammers economy

Sydney - Australia's unemployment rate is expected to soar from 5.1 percent to 10 percent in the June quarter as the coronavirus fallout hits the economy, according to Treasury figures released Tuesday.

Coronavirus: Helping the unemployed transition to digital jobs

The coronavirus pandemic that sent shock-waves through the economy, resulting in rising unemployment. The employment market is also undergoing restructuring.

US unemployment report won't show full extent of pandemic's damage

Washington - A staggering 10 million US workers have lost their jobs in the second half of March as the coronavirus forced stores and businesses nationwide to close their doors.

Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs: UN

Geneva - More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, the UN said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest.

Harry and Meghan wrap up African tour

Johanesburg - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday wrapped up a marathon tour of southern Africa by visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after pledging millions for skills training for jobless youngsters.

Iraq police fire to disperse new protests despite restraint calls

Baghdad - Iraqi security forces fired live rounds on Wednesday to disperse new protests in the capital, despite calls from top leaders for restraint after three demonstrators were killed.

Calls for restraint after deadly Iraq protests

Baghdad - Iraq's president and the United Nations urged security forces to show restraint on Wednesday after two protesters were killed in clashes with police that other top officials blamed on "infiltrators.

Nigerian migrants struggle to reintegrate after Libya ordeal

Benin City - Emerging from her ordeal, Gloria considers herself "privileged". Last year, the 26-year-old left Nigeria with four other women, dreaming of a better life in Europe.

South Africa unemployment hits record 29 percent

Pretoria - Joblessness in South Africa has reached a record 29 percent, the statistics office said Tuesday, piling pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration after it won May elections vowing to halve unemployment.

Greek road trip: unemployment the big bogey in July 7 vote

Piraeus - When Greeks go to the ballot box on July 7 in early elections, unemployment and recovery from a near-decade crisis will be the main battleground between the outgoing leftist government and the resurgent conservatives.

Prison unemployment payments leave Dutch red-faced

Den Haag - Dutch authorities have been left red-faced after revelations that hundreds of prisoners collect unemployment benefits behind bars despite the law specifically prohibiting the practice.

Brazil jobless rate falls but record number give up looking

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's jobless rate fell in the latest three-month period, data showed Friday, but the number of people who gave up looking for work hit a record high as the economy totters on the edge of recession.

After crisis, Greek youth divided about EU

Atenas - As she ponders her future abroad, Greek university graduate Alexandra is unsure she wants to vote on May 26 for an EU structure she holds responsible for ravaging her country after its debt crisis.

Facing cronyism and no work, young Haitians protest or flee

Port-au-prince - Whether using social media to fight corruption or marching in protests that have brought the country to a halt, the anger of Haiti's youth at their lack of prospects is boiling over in increasingly dramatic ways.

Number of EU workers slides before Brexit: data

London - The number of EU workers in Britain sank in the third quarter by the largest amount since records began, official data showed Tuesday ahead of Brexit.The total of European Union nationals working in Britain fell 132,000 to 2.

Destitute Yemeni builds home in a tree

Sanaa - Yemeni Ahmed Houbeichi is not acting out some childhood fantasy when he peers down on the street below from his tree-house. War and poverty have forced him to seek out such a lofty shelter.

Argentina's economic woes exacerbate the misery of slum life

Buenos Aires - Drug gangs and addicts are a common scourge in the Villa Zavaleta slum in Buenos Aires, where even before the recent economic crisis brought them to their knees, the 1,200 families faced a daily struggle just to eat.
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