Extra $600 in jobless aid set to lapse as talks deadlock

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deadlocked Senate on Thursday left Washington for the weekend without extending a $600-per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the country. Friday’s expiration of the $600 jobless benefit sent Republicans controlling the Senate scrambling to respond. Top […]

US job market’s modest improvement may be stalling

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely fell last week, and the reopening of small businesses has leveled off — evidence that the job market’s gains may have stalled just as a surge in coronavirus cases is endangering an economic recovery. The government also reported Thursday that the economy […]

Despite reopening, some jobs lost to virus are gone for good

BANGKOK (AP) — Factories and stores are reopening, economies are reawakening – but many jobs just aren’t coming back. That’s the harsh truth facing workers laid off around the U.S. and the world, from restaurants in Thailand to car factories in France, whose livelihoods fell victim to a virus-driven recession that’s accelerating decline in struggling […]

Chinese Coronavirus panic led to poor Montgomery County government decisions, while actual disease numbers reflect very different circumstances

Chinese Coronavirus panic led to poor Montgomery County government decisions, while actual disease numbers reflect very different circumstances

Image: The Montgomery County government believed Chinese coronavirus scare tactics, panicked, and flattened the local economy. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, May 13 – People living in the twenty-first century have grown used to the fact that it’s easy to manipulate statistics and that government agencies often do so for their political advantage. Clearly, […]

With 101 active Chinese coronavirus cases, 3 deaths from illness, numerous suicides, and 15 recoveries, Montgomery County continues to respond, while the Nation faces economic chaos

With 101 active Chinese coronavirus cases, 3 deaths from illness, numerous suicides, and 15 recoveries, Montgomery County continues to respond, while the Nation faces economic chaos

Image: People wait in line for help with unemployment benefits at the One-Stop Career Center in Las Vegas. More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week of March 23, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John […]

With 31 cases of Chinese coronavirus in Montgomery County, Judge Keough, Governor sign additional orders, Congressional quagmire reduces stock market rally as $2 Trillion Relief Package heads to passage

Image: United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, pledged at mid-day Wednesday, March 26, 2020, that Congress would pass a $2 trillion Chinese coronavirus federal relief package, the largest relief package in American history, by the end of the day on Wednesday. BREAKING NEWS! The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, Austin, and […]

African-American jobless rate hit record low in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years of steady hiring and economic growth have delivered a cumulative benefit for at least one group that hasn’t always shared in America’s prosperity. The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972. The reasons range from a […]