Business & Economy

Business & Economy

Shavonne Maes paints a mural onto the boarded up facade of Some Random Bar on March 26, 2020, in Seattle.

Surge In Unemployment Continues As Clunky State Systems Await Upgrades

Fresh numbers of initial claims for jobless benefits showed some moderation in the past week in the staggering wave of layoffs across the Northwest caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the level of unemployment claims continues to hover at record levels, as reported Thursday by the state labor and employment departments of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Continue Reading Surge In Unemployment Continues As Clunky State Systems Await Upgrades

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This chart from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington shows a sharp decline in COVID-19 related deaths by early May if social distancing practices continue. CREDIT: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee

In Washington And Beyond, When Will It Start To Get Back To Normal? Experts Weigh In

After weeks of extraordinary efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, Washington state officials are beginning to talk more openly about easing social distancing restrictions and a sequential unlocking of the economy. Continue Reading In Washington And Beyond, When Will It Start To Get Back To Normal? Experts Weigh In

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