Leading economic indicators

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns in New York. Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
April 04, 2020 - 9:10 am
Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. State websites and phone lines across the country have been overwhelmed with applicants — causing sites to crash, phone lines to ring busy and much-needed...
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A pedestrian walks by The Family Barbershop, closed due to a Gov. Gretchen Whitmer executive order, in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with millions of people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
April 03, 2020 - 2:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by U.S. flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Global stocks are down, Friday, April 3, after the U.S. government said employers cut 701,000 jobs in March as they shut down or sharply curtailed business due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 03, 2020 - 12:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling in early afternoon trading Friday, putting Wall Street on track for its third losing week in the last four. The losses came after the government reported that U.S. employers cut 701,000 jobs last month, the first drop in nearly a decade and the latest of what is...
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A carpenter, who declined to be identified, cuts plywood to cover a closed store where artwork in support of people affected by the coronavirus already covers an adjacent panel in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in Washington set a new record last week, with tens of thousands more people in the state filing new claims as non-essential businesses remain closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
April 03, 2020 - 7:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a record 113 straight months of hiring, the government's monthly jobs report Friday is expected to show that the American jobs machine came to a sudden halt in March as a result of the coronavirus. Economists have forecast that the government will say employers shed about...
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In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Robert Glorioso, Chief, Building Engineering Operations, rings the opening bell at the NYSE, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Stocks are wavering between small gains and losses early Thursday after a report showed a record number of Americans lost their jobs last week due to the coronavirus outbreak. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 11:53 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday after Wall Street gained for the first time in three days on stronger oil prices despite enduring uncertainty about how long the global economic decline due to the coronavirus pandemic will last. Tokyo and Seoul rose while Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney...
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Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, walks through a viewing room set up to respect social distancing, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He and other funeral directors are seeing a surge of clients because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
April 02, 2020 - 11:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and the public health crisis deepened in New York City, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 185...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 31, 2020 file photo, Vincent Amos, who identified himself as homeless, pulls a shopping cart with his belongings amid businesses closed by concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas. Amos said his shelter in place routine includes walking the area looking for work cleaning windows. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
April 02, 2020 - 9:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and...
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Allison Wells, Butcher and General Manager at Neon Pig, weighs a block of meat in the meat market of Neon Pig on Friday. (Adam Robison/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 8:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The government says it will begin disbursing loan money to company owners and freelancers Friday...
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FILE - This Oct. 15, 2019, file photo shows a WeWork logo at the entrance to one of their office spaces in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. ended on Thursday, April 2, 2020, its tender offer of up to $3 billion worth of shares in office-space rental venture WeWork. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 02, 2020 - 3:38 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. called off its offering of up to $3 billion worth of shares in office-space rental venture WeWork, though it remains committed to its $5 billion bailout of the financially troubled company. The main loser in the offer's failure is WeWork...
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In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Security Director Gregory Crane rings the opening bell at the NYSE on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. U.S stocks joined a worldwide downdraft Wednesday as more signs piled up of the economic and physical pain being caused by the coronavirus outbreak. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)
April 01, 2020 - 4:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street and markets around the world fell sharply Wednesday as the economic and physical toll caused by the coronavirus outbreak mounts — and as experts say they still can’t predict when it will end. The S&P 500 lost 4.4% after the White House said anywhere from 100,000 to...
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