Recessions and depressions

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, a pedestrian walks by The Framing Gallery, closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Grosse Pointe, Mich. The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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May 08, 2020 - 8:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday is poised to report the worst set of jobs numbers since record-keeping began in 1948, a snapshot of the devastating damage the coronavirus outbreak has inflicted on the economy. The unemployment rate for April could reach 16% or more, according to...
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People wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus stand near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 8, 2020. Asian shares surged Friday on optimism the worst of the economic fallout from the pandemic may be over, as Wall Street logged its biggest rally in a week.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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May 07, 2020 - 11:45 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares surged Friday on optimism the worst of the economic fallout from the pandemic may be over, as Wall Street logged its biggest rally in a week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 1.8% to 20,025.91. South Korea's Kospi jumped 1.3% to 1,954.48. Australia's S&P/ASX 200...
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A closed Neiman Marcus store is seen at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J., Thursday, May 7, 2020. Neiman Marcus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, sounding an ominous note for department stores during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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May 07, 2020 - 4:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Neiman Marcus has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain and second major retailer to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic. The move by the 112-year-old storied luxury department store chain was announced Thursday and follows the bankruptcy...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the Bank of England in London. In forecasts published Thursday May 7, 2020, The Bank of England has warned that the British economy could be nearly a third smaller by the end of the first half of this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but also notes the economy could revive quickly. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
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May 07, 2020 - 1:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Thursday that the British economy could suffer its deepest annual contraction since the Spanish War of Succession a little over three centuries ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, before roaring back next year. In what it describes as a “plausible”...
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Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his plan for the gradual reopening of California businesses during a news conference at the Display California store in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Newsom has scolded two rural counties for allowing some businesses to reopen in defiance of his statewide coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)
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May 07, 2020 - 11:00 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will have a budget shortfall of $54.3 billion because of the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration announced Thursday, a stunning reversal for a state that had a $21 billion surplus a year ago. The state has been...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1996, file photo, President Bill Clinton gestures while giving his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, in Washington. When he stood before Congress in 1996 and declared “the era of big government is over,” Clinton gave voice to a doctrine that permeated Democratic politics for more than two decades. Government, while necessary, shouldn't be celebrated if the party wanted to win elections. The coronavirus is changing that. Democrats are enthusiastically embracing the idea of a robust role for government in American life, abandoning concerns they might alienate the relatively narrow slice of independent voters. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)
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May 07, 2020 - 5:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When he stood before Congress in 1996 and declared “the era of big government is over,” President Bill Clinton gave voice to a doctrine that permeated Democratic politics for more than two decades. Government, while necessary, shouldn't be celebrated if the party wanted to win...
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A man walks by a closed store during the COVID-19 in Chicago, Thursday, April 30, 2020. Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. While that's down from the previous week's 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in the six weeks since the coronavirus began taking a wrecking ball to the U.S. job market. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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May 06, 2020 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic catastrophe caused by the viral outbreak likely sent the U.S. unemployment rate in April to its highest level since the Great Depression and caused a record-shattering loss of jobs. With the economy paralyzed by business closures, the unemployment rate likely jumped...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday as hopes for a global economic recovery rose after more governments eased anti-virus controls. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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May 06, 2020 - 4:36 pm
Stocks fell on Wall Street Wednesday, sending the market to its first loss in three days, after more depressing data rolled in on the devastation sweeping the global economy. The S&P 500 dropped 0.7%, and three out of four stocks in the index sank. But the market’s losses would have been much...
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In this April 30, 2020, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Democrats are seeking to drive the debate on the next coronavirus response bill. They're promising a mega-package stuffed with Democratic priorities, including funding for state and local governments. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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May 06, 2020 - 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Although timing for the House's return isn't set, the outlines are emerging for a Democratic-driven bill to aid states and local governments, the Postal Service, and boost contact tracing to track the coronavirus. Democratic leaders promise that the House will deliver legislation...
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In this April 3, 2020, photo, a man wearing a face mask due to COVID-19 concerns stands outside a check cashing service center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. While millions of U.S. workers have already received a quick relief payment from the federal treasury through direct deposit, millions of others without traditional bank accounts must wait weeks for paper checks. Advocates for the poor say this is an opportunity to get many of those who are unbanked into the formal financial system. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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May 06, 2020 - 10:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is detailing how it plans to borrow a record-breaking $2.99 trillion in debt this quarter which will include issuing for the first time since 1986 a 20-year bond. The Treasury faces an unprecedented need for credit because of the trillions of dollars the...
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