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1.7 million new unemployment claims show the painful reality of Trump’s Coronavirus Recession

Twenty-five weeks ago, the nation’s state employment offices began seeing a tsunami of applications for unemployment insurance payments that has yet to subside. According to the Department of Labor, for the week ending Sept. 5, another 1.7 million new applicants—90,000 more than the previous week—sought jobless aid from the program New Deal Democrats instituted 85 years ago and that Republicans have been trying to kneecap or dismantle […]

September 11th

Labor Day: As we move away from oil and coal, ensuring a fair transition for US fossil fuel workers

Long before the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit and oil prices collapsed, the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its workers were vulnerable. Threats included increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy compared to fossil fuels, investor concerns about financial risks and stranded assets, and a changing policy landscape (at state and local levels at least) seeking to meet decarbonization […]

September 7th

Data! 10 charts show the economic benefits of US climate action

The United States made substantial progress towards a low-carbon economy over the past several years. Low-carbon technologies became more efficient and affordable compared to fossil fuels, while U.S. clean energy investment and deployment grew to new heights, creating millions of jobs. All this progress could be in jeopardy due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and government […]

August 4th

Electrifying the US economy by 2035 could create 25 million green jobs

A report released Wednesday by a new nonprofit—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic disaster, and calls for a green recovery from those intertwined crises that prioritizes aggressive climate policies—lays out how rapidly decarbonizing and electrifying the U.S. economy could create up to 25 million good-paying jobs throughout the country over the […]

July 30th

Pro-life Christians call for clean energy, healthy jobs in next coronavirus stimulus package

The Evangelical Environmental Network is pleased to announce the results of our latest petition campaign (text below) where nearly 65,000 pro-life Christians called on their Members of Congress to include clean energy, healthy jobs, and support for farmers in the next stimulus package. These 65,000 join with 2 million other pro-life Christians who have called […]

‘We Must Act Now’: 180 House Democrats urge Pelosi to save clean energy industry ‘Decimated’ by Coronavirus

As Congress continues to debate whether and how to keep helping workers and businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, over three-quarters of House Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the lower chamber’s party leaders to ensure the delivery of further relief to the “crucial” clean energy industry, which has been “decimated” by the public […]

June 16th

2.25 million file new unemployment claims – Powell says more stimulus needed or it’ll be YEARS before they find jobs

We’ve had plenty more news this week indicating just how bad things are economically now and how long they are likely to remain bad. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who has warned that gross domestic product could drop 30% this quarter, on Wednesday reinforced what other analysts have said about the crunch affecting American workers: ”It’s just going to be very […]

June 11th

WTF? Surprising every analyst, gov’t reports big job gains, reducing unemployment rate to 13.3%

Before reading further, it’s important to keep in mind that while today’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is sobering, the data in it are three weeks out of date. That’s because the bureau uses the Current Employment Survey of 142,000 business establishments at 689,000 individual worksites to tally how many jobs are created or lost each month and derives […]

June 6th

2.2 million more Americans file for unemployment – and the Coronavirus recession is worse for African Americans

After 11 weeks of coronavirus-related layoffs, the Department of Labor reported Thursday that a non-seasonally adjusted total of 37 million Americans have filed for and are receiving or waiting to receive benefits from their state unemployment insurance systems or the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that provides benefits to gig workers and others not eligible for regular state […]

June 4th

Another 2.1 million seek unemployment benefits. The Coronavirus Recession will stick it to millennials

The Department of Labor reported Thursday that yet another 2.1 million Americans, on a seasonally adjusted basis, applied for initial state unemployment benefits in the week that ended May 23. Counting these new applications makes for a total of 40.5 million workers who have filed for initial benefits over the past 10 weeks. Add in the millions of Americans who are receiving […]

May 29th

Data: As another 2.4 million file new unemployment benefit claims, economists project years-long impacts

The Department of Labor reported Thursday that 2.38 million workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending May 16. That brings the total count for the past nine weeks to a seasonally adjusted 38.3 million. Add to this the unprecedented 4.8 million that the government defines as having left the labor force in the past two months—but who say they want a job. […]

May 21st

Labor and green groups ask California to protect people, not polluters

A coalition of 100 labor and environmental groups has  sent a letter asking California Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Legislators to “protect people and not polluters” during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. By Dan Bacher The letter was issued at time when Newsom has showed increasing signs of caving to the fossil fuel industry. As oil prices crashed to below zero at one point […]

May 19th

Eight-week Coronavirus unemployment total: 36.5 million (and that’s just those who can apply for benefits)

As expected, the Department of Labor Thursday announced another tsunami of new claims for unemployment insurance benefits, a seasonally adjusted 2.98 million of them in the week ending May 9. That is slightly less than the previous week’s tally. But since coronavirus-related layoffs began in the second week of March, 36.5 million people have made new benefit claims. By […]

May 14th