Jobless claims dipped last week, but stayed near 1 million
The number of Americans filing for jobless aid last week dipped to 900,000, a historically high level showing workers continue to struggle with the COVID-19 surge. The 900,000 who filed for jobless aid in the week ended January 16 mark a drop of 26,000 from the prior week's figure of 926,000, revised down from an initial estimate. In all, nearly 16 million people were receiving some sort of jobless assistance as of the first week of the year. Worst job market since Great DepressionThe high number of claims point to a central challenge facing President Joe Biden, who begins his term amid a historic economic slump that has created the worst job market in the U.S. since the Great Depression. The new plan would also make available $400 a week in additional federal benefits for jobless Americans through September and extend a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures.cbsnews.com
More harm than good: Compassion is noble, but what does Haiti really need, 10 years after quake?
“Deep down, I know there was an element of trying to get a pat on the back,” Albert said. “That’s when they completely blew me away with their response.”What the community leaders essentially told Albert and Zelaya was this: Thanks for your efforts and compassion, but you actually did more harm than good. The experience was such an eye-opener that it led Albert and Zelaya to a greater purpose and mission. “That goes back to the negative aid that is undermining the natural development of the Haitian people,” Albert said. The two discovered that nearly 80% of Haitian teachers haven’t been properly trained, and 60% of kids dropped out of classes during elementary school.