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CNBC

$300 unemployment benefits end in at least 9 states as stimulus hopes fade

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the absence of a second stimulus detail and its impact on unemployed Americans. “This is going to be hardest on more disadvantaged, lower-income individuals and communities of color because they’ve been disproportionately impacted by job loss,” she said. “Also, a dollar means more to a poor person than a rich person. Losing those precious dollars is really a meaningful loss for those people.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Domestic violence an increasing concern in Philadelphia area because of COVID-19, study suggests

A report co-authored by Susan Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice linked Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home orders, school closures, and declaration of emergency with a decrease in calls to domestic violence hotlines. “Was it because women don’t think it’s safe for them to call? Maybe they didn’t have a safe space from which to call from,” she said. “We didn’t take the not calling as an indicator of a lack of violence in the home.”

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Los Angeles Times

Have L.A.'s homeless people dodged a COVID-19 catastrophe?

Dennis P. Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the seemingly low rate of COVID-19 infections among homeless people in Los Angeles. “It’s possible being outside is protective relative to inside,” he said. Still, without more comprehensive antibody testing, “I’m not so sure we can say there hasn’t been a huge hit.”

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CNBC

Republicans call the $600 unemployment boost a disincentive to work. Many experts disagree

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice weighed in on claims by Republican lawmakers that a $600 weekly unemployment benefit deters people from seeking work. “It doesn’t matter in the current state of the labor market,” she said. “It’s focusing on the wrong thing. It’s not relevant at all in the current context.”

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CNBC

A second Great Depression? Unemployment crisis hits big cities hard

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about the pandemic’s effects on the economies of major U.S. cities. “Los Angeles, sadly, is going through a new health crisis,” she said. “New York isn’t. And yet, the unemployment numbers are still so bad. That shows to me how scarring the effects of the coronavirus are.”

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