The pandemic and ensuing financial disaster have contributed to a pointy rise within the variety of folks getting ready to hunger around the globe, says the UN’s World Meals Programme. In the meantime, jobless numbers proceed to batter People as many await their stimulus money.
Covid Billionaires Should Help Starving People, Says Charity Boss
Billionaires whose wealth has soared through the coronavirus pandemic ought to stump as much as present emergency assist to the report numbers of individuals going through hunger, the top of a US charity supporting the World Meals Programme has mentioned. The pandemic and ensuing financial disaster have contributed to a pointy rise within the variety of folks getting ready to hunger around the globe. The WFP, the UN company that gives emergency aid, was wanted by 138 million folks final 12 months, up from about 100 million in 2019. (Harvey, 1/8)
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Unemployment Claims Show Continuing Pressure On Job Market
New claims for unemployment advantages remained excessive final week, the federal government reported on Thursday, the newest proof that the pandemic-racked financial system nonetheless has a whole lot of misplaced floor to make up within the new 12 months. The labor market has improved for the reason that coronavirus pandemic first pummeled the financial system. However of the greater than 22 million jobs that disappeared within the spring, 10 million stay misplaced. (Cohen, 1/7)
Millions Of Stimulus Debit Cards Will Be Mailed Out Starting This Week
The Treasury Division introduced Thursday that roughly Eight million second stimulus funds will likely be mailed out beginning this week within the type of pay as you go debit playing cards. The debit playing cards, known as Financial Affect Fee (EIP) playing cards, are issued by MetaBank, N.A., and can arrive in a white envelope that “prominently shows the U.S. Division of the Treasury seal.” (Adamczyk, 1/7)
‘I’m Sleeping In My Car’: US States Fail To Provide Unemployment Help Amid Pandemic
Eugene Williams of Daytona Seashore, Florida, misplaced his job with a restaurant meals distributor when the pandemic hit in March 2020, and had been receiving unemployment advantages with out concern till June, when he unintentionally entered “return to work” in verifying his weekly advantages declare. …“I’m sleeping in my automobile and within the subsequent few weeks I’ll be with no cellphone,” mentioned Williams. He’s been unable to search out new work and has relied on charitable organizations for meals. “It’s unattainable to come up with the unemployment division. (Sainato, 1/7)
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