Business & Economy

 This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.
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Ohio is moving forward with President Donald Trump's executive order to offer additional money for people getting unemployment benefits during the pandemic. But the extra benefits are half of what unemployed people were getting before a federal relief measure expired.

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Limits on staffing ratios at child care centers around Ohio lifted over the weekend. But it’s unclear how much the move will boost attendance.

Updated 10:55 a.m. ET Friday

President Trump on Thursday invoked his emergency economic powers to impose broad sanctions against TikTok, a move that steps up pressure on the Chinese-owned app to sell its U.S. assets to an American company.

In the order, which takes effect in 45 days, any transactions between TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, and U.S. citizens will be outlawed for national security reasons.

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET

U.S. employers added 1.8 million jobs last month, as the unemployment rate dipped to 10.2%.

The pace of hiring slowed from June, when employers added a record 4.8 million jobs. That suggests a long road back to full employment for the tens of millions of people who have been laid off during the coronavirus pandemic.


Cars are absent from 3rd Street in downtown Columbus on May 6, 2020, in the middle of Ohio's stay-at-home order.
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Columbus has taken a $200 million hit in tourism since the public health order limiting mass gatherings, a new report from Experience Columbus shows. 

Updated at 9 a.m ET

Ordinarily when people lose their job, they spend less money. But something unusual happened this spring when tens of millions of people were suddenly thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Economy And Its Impact On Ohio

Aug 5, 2020
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Economic indicators in June and July show just how much damage the pandemic has inflicted. The U.S. suffered its worst quarter ever as the GDP fell a historic 32.9% last month.

In Congress, lawmakers are working to hash out a new stimulus package as jobless Americans face their first week without $600 in federal help. Millions are feeling the pain.


A Franklin County judge denied a request from a group of Columbus bars and restaurants to block a temporary state ban on liquor sales after 10 p.m.

With the national death toll from COVID-19 passing the grim 150,000 mark, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds broad support for a single, national strategy to address the pandemic and more aggressive measures to contain it.

Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses.


This story is part of an NPR nationwide analysis of states' revenue and budgets during the pandemic.

Updated at 9:32 a.m. ET

The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

A coalition of health professionals is urging the nation's leaders to step back from the push to reopen the economy and shut down nonessential businesses to prevent the loss of more lives from the spiraling pandemic.