Business & Economy

Willie Ramey cleans up from a night of protests on Gay Street in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

As the sun crept over downtown Columbus on Monday morning, residents and workers again found themselves cleaning up after a day of protests.

Chad Goodwin at the door to his restaurant 4th & State on May 29, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

At 4th & State downtown, a team of workers are punching broken panes of glass out of their window frames. 

A man cleans the sidewalk in front of the Grandview Theater on May 14, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus will use $5.5 million of its federal CARES Act funding for grants and loans to local small businesses.

Rebecca Roth reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss President Trump's inaccurate claim that mail-in ballots are ripe for fraud. Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida, joins the show.

Tens of millions of people are out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Amazon says it's willing to keep 125,000 people it hired to deal with the online shopping spike as permanent workers.

The company hired 175,000 temporary workers as people stuck at home because of the pandemic switched to shopping online. Now Amazon says it's offering most of those workers permanent full-time jobs.

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

More than 1 in 4 U.S. workers have lost their jobs since the coronavirus crisis shut down much of the economy in March.

Just last week, another 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's down 323,000 from the previous week but brings the total for the past 10 weeks to 40.8 million, which represents 26% of the civilian labor force in April.

When the federal small business rescue program was announced, Krista Kern-Desjarlais scrambled to research it, talking to her banker and digging online.

Kern-Desjarlais runs two restaurants in Maine — the Purple House in North Yarmouth and Bresca & the Honeybee, a summer-only food stand on Sabbathday Lake. She decided to hold off on that coronavirus rescue effort, called the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP.

The marquee on the Ohio Theatre in April 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus has lost about $145 million in tourist spending due to the coronavirus pandemic.

John Glenn International Airport

Now that Ohio no longer bans non-essential travel, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority is preparing for travelers once again.

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