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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

August 14, 2020

New state claims fell below one million for the first week since March. But jobless ranks remain vast, and a White House relief plan faces hurdles.


McDonald’s and Marriott franchises are among hundreds of businesses that have illegally denied paid sick leave during the pandemic, records show.


The pandemic is showing the need for strong local agriculture.


Many Coloradans, struggling to make ends meet during a pandemic that has led to soaring unemployment rates and reduced workloads.


While Georgia’s unemployment numbers surged at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people who received welfare continued to drop from 2019 through June. Those experiencing financial hardship may have chosen instead to turn to help from food stamps, where the number of households receiving the benefit has shot up by nearly 250,000 in a year.


The study also showed children who were members of a racial minority group were more likely to become infected.


Times survey finds profound disparities in distance learning between children attending schools in high-poverty areas and those in more affluent ones.


Immigration lawyers and advocates are scrambling to rally asylum seekers in South Florida to file their work permit applications quickly before new federal restrictions take effect on Aug. 21.