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Mar 11, 2021
A year into the pandemic, a look back at unemployment numbers
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One year ago, the coronavirus pandemic became real for many Americans. Workplaces went remote, schools shut down and Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks announced that he and his wife had contracted the virus. Then, millions of Americans were furloughed or laid off from their jobs, and 20 million people are still receiving unemployment benefits. On today’s show: We try to get a sense of the scale and severity of joblessness over the past year. Plus, some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are optimistic about 2021, the relief bill grants expanded access to Obamacare and what it’s been like to be a remote intern during the COVID-19 contagion.

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