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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) responded to a near-record number of disasters last year, including the coronavirus.
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The unemployment rate fell to 6%. Since the start of the pandemic, Black and Hispanic women and those without a high school degree have lost the most jobs and struggled the most to recover.
The CDC also estimates that as of mid-March, more than a quarter of recent US cases were caused by the B.1.1.7 strain first detected in the United Kingdom.
Only Idaho and Utah have met or surpassed total employment levels from February 2020. Leisure and hospitality employment remains down by 52% in Washington, DC and 40% in Hawaii.
The pandemic led to months of remote learning and closed daycares. Data shows that childcare is keeping women — especially those who are low-income — out of the workforce more often than men.
US coal usage has declined since 2007. Coal production and employment are also falling.
The wealth of the middle 20% of income earners has grown 68% since 1990. However, middle class wealth is growing more slowly than overall wealth — middle class families went from owning 12% of wealth in 1990 to 7% in 2020.
Around 61,000 people died from influenza in the 2017-2018 flu season, the most in the last 10 years. Almost 529,000 people have died of COVID-19 as of mid-March.
World Happiness Day is March 20. After more than a year of grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated economic impact, there’s still plenty to be happy about. In honor of World Happiness Day, here’s some good news and uplifting data after a tough 2020.
The House is expected to vote on a pair of immigration bills a month after the unveiling of a wide-ranging package — addressing topics including visas and border security — backed by President Joe Biden.
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