Your Daily Roundup for April 16th
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Good afternoon. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes a toll on the U.S. economy, our team at Future Majority is tracking the latest updates:
More than 5.2 million Americans newly filed for unemployment insurance:
Over 5 million more Americans are out of a job, which brings the four-week total to 22 million unemployed:
The 22 million jobs lost is about equal to the number of jobs grown in the over nine-year recovery since the last recession.
Despite the jobless claims, the stock market will open with gains:
Stock futures in the U.S. rose after global stocks went up, in spite of the troubling jobs report.
Trump will likely issue new social distancing guidance:
In an attempt to reopen the economy, the Trump administration is reported to be issuing new guidance around social distancing, while public health experts warn that we are not ready yet to return to normal.
Governors will likely buck the administration guidance and keep social distancing in place in many states.
Voters still rank healthcare as the most important problem facing the U.S.:
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 27% of voters believe healthcare is the most important issue facing the country today, while 18% cite the economy generally and 7% say unemployment/lack of jobs.
The same poll finds that Americans by a healthy majority approve of Trump’s handling of the economy:
But nearly the same percentage of Americans strongly approve versus strongly disapprove.
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