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WATCH: What The Latest Jobs Numbers Say About A U.S. Economic Recovery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The number of weekly jobless claims is the lowest since the economic shutdown began in March, but it remains far above what the U.S. has experienced during other financial crises. Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said earlier this week that he expects unemployment to remain elevated for years to… Read More

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ARC Announces COVID-19 Grants for Lenders Helping Small Businesses

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVPB) — The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced $3.75 million for banks and other lenders who have lost money during this global coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, the grants are for lenders who work with small or local businesses and nonprofits in the ARC’s 13-state coverage area. In a press release on Monday, the commission stated the… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Retail Businesses Can Start Offering Curbside Pickup on Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The order from Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton allows retail establishments to offer “curbside pickup, delivery or appointment-only” service beginning May 2. Customers must be limited to 10 at a time. Gordon Gough with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants described what that might look like. “Order online,… Read More

Car washes in Ohio are allowed to stay open if they operate under certain rules.

Business Dispute Panel Issues First Rulings on “Essential” Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The panel set up to settle disputes over what are essential businesses that can operate during the state’s stay at home order has delivered its first set of rulings. Four cases before the Dispute Resolution Commission involved pet groomers. The panel ruled that county health departments were correct in determining groomers… Read More

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WATCH: How Missed Rent Payments Spark a ‘Cascade’ of Financial Hardship

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Many Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to pay their rent when they have lost income and haven’t yet been able to secure unemployment money. Missed rent, in turn, adds up to landlords who can’t pay their mortgages or property tax. And then cities and states will struggle to provide the basic services… Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

House Convenes Task Force to Consider Ohio’s Post-Shutdown Economic Options

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 226,000 people – over a quarter of a million Ohioans – filed for unemployment in just the last week. Nearly 700,000 Ohioans have filed in the last three weeks. And a task force of state representatives met this week and will meet again Monday to talk about when to… Read More

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State’s Revenues Take Hit After Coronavirus Closures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Bars and restaurants in Ohio closed on March 15, and the stay at home order took effect March 23. And the state is now starting to feel the financial effects of those and other restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus. Last month’s preliminary state revenue was down 10.5%… Read More

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Ohio Offers Appalachian Businesses Loan Help During COVID-19 Disruption

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Small businesses in Ohio’s Appalachian counties may receive help offsetting losses due to the state’s attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. JobsOhio is infusing Appalachian Growth Capital, LLC (AGC) with $2 million to secure loans for companies in eastern and southern Ohio. According to a press release, AGC is a… Read More

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State Jobless Filings Will be Released Weekly, Not Daily, as Feds Demand

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The numbers of Ohioans filing for unemployment benefits are rising daily – so many that the state’s unemployment website was having trouble handling them. And the state is now clarifying why it will no longer do daily releases about how many people are filing jobless claims. For the first few days of shutdowns related to… Read More

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Anxiety In Appalachian Coal Country: First The Mines Closed, Then Came Coronavirus

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As the economic fallout from the coronavirus continues to reshape our lives, small-town business owners are worried about the future. Whitesburg, Kentucky —  a town already struggling from the decline in the coal industry — is grappling with a new and serious challenge as the effort to contain the disease brings deep economic pain. The… Read More

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In Weighing Business Closures, DeWine Says He’s Prioritizing Safety Over Economy

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Ohio has seen its first confirmed death caused by COVID-19. Now Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering senior centers to close as he evaluates the potential shutdown of other businesses. Throughout the course of several days DeWine closed many businesses to delay the spread of coronavirus – places with large gatherings like movie theaters and places… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Tells Companies to Monitor Employee Temperatures

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Gov. Mike DeWine is laying out protocols for businesses while strongly recommending employers to take aggressive action when it comes to protecting the workplace against coronavirus. DeWine says businesses that remain open must take the temperature of every employee who enters the office, and if anyone is sick or has a fever they must be allowed to go… Read More

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WATCH: How the IMF is Trying to Reduce the Economic Fallout of Novel Coronavirus

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Restrictions intended to control the global outbreak of novel coronavirus continue to increase. In many countries, schools are closed, travelers face quarantine and business has ground to a halt. PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham reports and Judy Woodruff talks to Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, about how it is attempting to offset… Read More