Business & Economy

The pandemic rages on. More than 180,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. States and cities are closing businesses. Nearly 800,000 people are applying for unemployment every week.

Despite all this, Congress has not passed an economic relief package since late April — and a set of vital relief measures helping millions of Americans avoid financial ruin and eviction are all set to expire this month.

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With confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations spiking and the nation's job market struggling to pull itself out of the abyss caused by the pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday formally announced the advisers who he hopes can guide the United States back to solid economic footing.

Nasdaq wants to require the more than 3,000 companies listed on its stock exchange to improve boardroom diversity by appointing at least one woman and at least one minority or LGBTQ+ person to their boards.

Companies would have to report regularly on how many women and minorities sit on their boards and then follow that up by appointing at least one member of each group, under a rule submitted Tuesday to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cecelia Brockett, left, and Courtney Barefoot enjoy a lunch at the Winking Lizard Tavern, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Beachwood, Ohio.
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Ohio’s restaurants and bars say Congress needs to get to work immediately to give them more federal dollars to offset the losses associated with the pandemic.

Easton Town Center reopened on May 12, although some stores are still closed.
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Black Friday is here, but it's looking a lot different this year. Long lines and crowded stores are no longer allowed under Ohio’s coronavirus prevention restrictions.

That means retailers in Ohio – big box retailers and small shops alike – will have to change the way they do business ahead of Christmas.

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Music fans in Columbus rejoiced over the weekend when the radio station formerly known as CD102.5 announced it was coming back to the airwaves.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued a 10 p.m. curfew last week in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Lots of bar and restaurant owners are concerned the curfew will cut even deeper into their bottom line. But one bar owner in Fairborn has found a way to keep his operation profitable.

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The United States has had 77 Treasury secretaries in the last 231 years. So far, they've all been men.

That's about to change.

President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to head the Treasury Department, a source close to the transition told NPR on Monday

If confirmed, Yellen would play a leading role in shaping economic policy as the United States continues to dig its way out of the deep hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
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Columbus City Council wants to cap fees charged by third-party restaurant delivery companies as a way to help restaurants survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio's Unemployment Rate Dropped Last Month To 5.6%

Nov 20, 2020
Two people walk past a sign for COVID-19 testing at the Cleveland Clinic, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Ohio’s unemployment rate fell in October from the previous month, but remains above levels from the same time a year ago, before the coronavirus pandemic.

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