Government, Business

Biden Signals Ditching GOP in Push for $1.9 Trillion Aid

President Biden, Vice President Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) on Feb. 5. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times via Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden gave his strongest indication yet that he will push for his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan without Republican support, saying that a weak jobs report shows the risk of doing “too little.”

Justin Sink | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2021
Government, Business

US Unemployment Claims Fall to 779,000; Job Cuts Grind On

A worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip in March 2020. (John Locher/Associated Press) A worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip in March 2020. (John Locher/Associated Press)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined to 779,000 in the week ended Jan. 30, a still historically high total that shows that a sizable number of people keep losing jobs to the pandemic.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
February 4, 2021
Business, Safety, Top 100

Ryder Provides Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations

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Ryder System Inc. will pay up to six hours for employees to get the coronavirus vaccine, the company said Feb. 1.

February 2, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Team Will Test Shipping Vaccines Directly to Pharmacies

A pharmacy technician prepares a dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. A pharmacy technician prepares a dose of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s administration will begin to test a program to provide coronavirus vaccines directly to pharmacies, as officials seek to increase the pace of U.S. inoculations.

February 2, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Freight Transportation Undergoing Uneven Recovery, Panel Says

Recovery Avery Vise (left), Jason Miller (top right) and The Journal of Commerce's Bill Cassidy on the panel. (SMC³)

Trucking has already returned to pre-pandemic norms in many ways but there are still issues — including capacity — that are lagging behind, according to panelists at the SMC³ Jump Start 2021 conference on Jan. 27.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 28, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

COVID-19 Package to Go Before Senate in February, Chuck Schumer Says

Schumer Schumer (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

A new round of COVID-19 economic relief that would include aid for hard-hit transportation systems will be up for consideration in early February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated Jan. 28.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 28, 2021
Government, Business

Economy Grows 4%; Transportation Services See Small Drop

An employee walks by crucibles filled with molten magnesium and aluminum at a foundry in Ohio. An employee walks by crucibles filled with molten magnesium and aluminum at a foundry in Ohio. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. economy downshifted in the final three months of 2020 after record third-quarter growth, as the pandemic battered the labor market and limited Americans’ ability and willingness to spend.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall by More Than Expected

Inside a shop in Bryant Park's Winter Village in New York. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Bloomberg News) Inside a shop in Bryant Park's Winter Village in New York. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell last week, signaling that job cuts may be easing after rising in December and early January.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2021
Business, Technology

Remote Work, AI Impact Transportation Logistics Space

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Remote work and artificial intelligence are helping to reshape the transportation logistics sector, a technology entrepreneur said Jan. 26.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 27, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Trucking Becomes More Focused on Health, Efficiency

Bill Cassidy and Brad Jacobs Moderator Bill Cassidy (left) and XPO's Brad Jacobs by Transport Topics

Trucking embraced risk management and technology that drives efficiency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, industry leaders said in a panel discussion Jan. 25.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 26, 2021

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