Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Hit Four-Week High in Fresh Labor Setback

A worker cleans a plexiglass shield at a pizza restaurant in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) A worker cleans a plexiglass shield at a pizza restaurant in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance jumped to a four-week high, indicating the labor market is suffering fresh setbacks even as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of ebbing.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

New York Sues Amazon Over Worker Safety During Pandemic

Amazon warehouse In this March 30, 2020, file photo, workers at Amazon's fulfillment center in Staten Island, N.Y., gather outside to protest work conditions in the company's warehouse. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide.

Michelle Chapman | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Business

Trucking Bankruptcies Surged in 2020 as Pandemic Hit Small Carriers

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced more than 3,000 trucking companies out of business in 2020 — a significant leap from about 1,000 the year prior — as the early months of the global health crisis proved too difficult for some in the industry to withstand.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Snow, Ice May Stall Vaccine Shipments

Cars parked for several days in Chicago Feb. 16, 2021 are covered in cumulative snow. Cars parked for several days in Chicago Feb. 16, 2021 are covered in cumulative snow. A storm dumped up to 18 inches in the greater Chicago area. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

The U.S. vaccine supply is increasing to 13.5 million doses per week, up from 11 million, but harsh winter weather may slow the pace temporarily.

February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration Through May 31

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has again extended its emergency declaration offering regulatory relief to truckers involved in coronavirus-related assistance efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Amazon Sues N.Y. Attorney General, Claiming Excessive COVID Demands

A worker carries Amazon packages during a delivery in New York. A worker carries Amazon packages during a delivery in New York. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. is suing the New York State attorney general, arguing that she’s exceeding her authority in seeking to penalize the company for alleged failures in its pandemic safety protocols and treatment of workers at New York City warehouses.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Team Cool to Preflight Virus Tests Floated by Buttigieg

Passengers wear protective masks on an American Airlines flight. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News) Passengers wear protective masks on an American Airlines flight. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s administration isn’t seriously considering an imminent coronavirus testing requirement for domestic U.S. flights, people familiar with the matter said.

February 12, 2021
Government, Business

US State Jobless Claims Ease While Federal Programs Swell

A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News) A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell slightly last week while claims for federal benefits swelled, illustrating the persistent challenges in the system of delivering financial aid to the nation’s jobless.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2021
Government, Business

Main Street Lending Program Spent Only 3% of Total

Downtown Sioux Falls, S.D. (Dan Brouilette/Bloomberg News) Downtown Sioux Falls, S.D. (Dan Brouilette/Bloomberg News)

The Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program, which was designed to provide emergency support to midsize U.S. companies during the pandemic, lent out a total $17.5 billion — or just 3% of its potential capacity — according to data released Feb. 9 by the central bank.

Catarina Saraiva | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2021
Government

Pete Buttigieg to Quarantine After Security Agent Gets COVID-19

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at Union Station in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at Union Station in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will quarantine for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive Feb. 8 for the coronavirus.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
February 9, 2021

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