South Carolina National Guardsmen, veterans and their families line up to meet potential employers at a military job fair on January 19, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates iin the country at 9.9 percent, with the veteran unemployment rate even higher, estimated at about 13 percent. The poor state economy and high unemployment is expected to be a key consideration for South Carolinans going to the polls in Saturday’s Republican primary.
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New numbers from the state Department of Labor show that, while the rest of the country has only recovered 40 percent of the jobs lost since 2008, New York City has gained them all back, having added 79,000 private-sector jobs in May. However, unemployment also rose to 9.7 percent in May (from April’s 9.5 percent). The explanation? Increased job growth means increased job seekers, many of whom had previously given up looking for work, back when there were nojobs.
Steep personnel cuts could be coming to NYC municipal employees
“If you’re going to keep cutting and keep cutting, it has to at some point reach personnel. It’s just pure logic of budgets, and it’s very sad logic. I don’t like it one bit, and I want to avert this at all costs. So that 22,000 number is painfully real,” he said.
De Blasio has been hoping for a multi-billion dollar federal aid package to bail out the city after the coronavirus pandemic decimated its bottom line. But he acknowledged Wednesday that “appears to be dead now.”
On Wednesday, the country reported its highest number of deaths in a single day since mid-May, at nearly 1,500. The country has now seen its seven-day average of newly reported deaths remain above 1,000 for 17 consecutive days.
Georgia reported 105 deaths Wednesday, marking its second triple-digit day in a row. North Carolina reported an additional 45 deaths Wednesday, tying its highest daily number, from July 29. Texas reported 324 additional deaths from the disease.
Bob Woodward’s second Trump book will delve into our president’s bromance with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un
Journalist Bob Woodward has obtained “25 personal letters exchanged” between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his new book, “Rage,” publisher Simon & Schuster revealed on Wednesday.
… In the letters, “Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a ‘fantasy film,’ as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet,” according to a description of the book posted on Amazon.
After complaints from President Trump that he can’t wash his “beautiful hair properly” due to “drip, drip, drip” shower heads, the Trump administration is *formally* moving to roll back shower head regulations set in 1992 by Pres. George HW Bush.https://t.co/HbXpOpQf5O
The U.K. recorded a steeper second-quarter contraction than its peers, a performance that means it suffered the worst economic hit from the coronavirus in Europe as well as reporting the highest death toll.
U.K. gross domestic product shrank 20.4% in the second quarter, equivalent to an annualized rate of 59.8%, the country’s statistics agency said Wednesday. Over the same period, the U.S. and Germany lost around 10% of their output, with Italy losing 12%, France 14% and Spain 19%.