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Laid off workers battle outages, jammed phone lines as Pa. unemployment system buckles from coronavirus surge

Some of the dysfunction stems from a 2016 political spat that led to major layoffs in the division that handles unemployment claims, and staffing levels have never fully recovered.

Why the gig workers delivering your groceries and beer don’t have any labor rights

Even as their work is deemed “essential” in the face of government-mandated business closures, the delivery workers that power on-demand apps are in a precarious position.

Why the gig workers delivering your groceries and beer don’t have any labor rights

Even as their work is deemed “essential” in the face of government-mandated business closures, the delivery workers that power on-demand apps are in a precarious position.

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College degrees are an investment. Here’s how to determine which ones actually pay off.

“Some of these outcomes are so bad that there is no justification:” A new Inquirer database compares degrees at Penn, Penn State, Rutgers, and hundreds of other colleges to show what recent grads earned vs. what they owed.
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College degrees are an investment. Here’s how to determine which ones actually pay off.

“Some of these outcomes are so bad that there is no justification:” A new Inquirer database compares degrees at Penn, Penn State, Rutgers, and hundreds of other colleges to show what recent grads earned vs. what they owed.

Is your college degree worth what you paid for it? Search our tool to find out.

We compare projected incomes in your first year out of college to federal student loan debt for over 3,000 programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to help you decide which degrees pay the most.

Is your college degree worth what you paid for it? Search our tool to find out.

We compare projected incomes in your first year out of college to federal student loan debt for over 3,000 programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to help you decide which degrees pay the most.
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With language, internet challenges slowing access to relief funds, Philly bodega owners struggle to stay open

Some Philadelphia corner store owners fear the coronavirus could force them to temporarily close by mid-April.

Coronavirus has Philly businesses boarding up windows as if a hurricane is coming

Large swaths of Philadelphia’s business districts are battening the hatches, throwing up three-quarter-inch plywood to protect their enterprises from whatever social unrest may come with the pandemic.

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Here’s what small businesses need to know about getting money from the coronavirus stimulus package

Congress is sending $350 billion in small-business aid through banks. The idea, says the head of Philly's biggest bank, is to convince small business owners to avoid layoffs and keep investing until the lockdowns are over.

‘Please come help us’: New York begs for medical workers amid 'staggering’ coronavirus death toll

New York's governor has put out an urgent plea for medical volunteers as coronavirus deaths in New York City mount and hospitals buckle in what authorities say could be a preview of what other cities across the U.S. could soon face.

Furloughs at Macy’s, Gannett and Gap signal mounting economic distress over coronavirus shutdowns

Major companies signaled a new wave of economic distress Monday, sending hundreds of thousands of workers home without pay, as the Trump administration scrambled to get stimulus money to Americans already feeling the weight of unpaid bills.

Philly will use a Roxborough warehouse rent-free as part of its coronavirus food response

Philadelphia officials have taken up the owner of a soon-to-be brewery in Roxborough on its offer of two free months of rent for the city’s coronavirus response.

Trump administration rules gun shops ‘essential’ amid virus

The Trump administration has issued an advisory ruling calling gun shops “essential” businesses that should remain open during stay-at-home directives.

The Instacart coronavirus strike is unlike any strike you’ve ever seen

A group of Instacart shoppers will not accept orders for grocery delivery starting until the company provides, among other things, necessary safety equipment and hazard pay for those working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Studies see potential lift for metro Philly’s office market in post-virus boost for life sciences

While office leasing is likely to take an immediate hit from the plummeting economic activity that has accompanied efforts to contain the pandemic, the region’s “healthcare concentration is a prescription for office-market resiliency,” according to one report.

Pennsylvania marijuana grower sold to controversial Arizona weed giant

Harvest Inc., one of the nation’s largest marijuana companies, completed a $25.5 million purchase of a Pennsylvania cannabis grower with ties to an associate of Gov. Tom Wolf.

A Philly day-care owner laid off 100 people because of the coronavirus: ‘It was the worst day of my life’

"I am so worried for them and how they will fair in this situation. How will people recover from this?" asked Leslie Spina, who heads Kinder Academy child care centers in Northeast Philadelphia, after she laid off around 100 workers.

Hahnemann owner’s home vandalized after city balks at $1M offer to use hospital for coronavirus patients

Someone spray-painted "Joel Kills" on Joel Freedman's home days after he and the city failed to come to an agreement on leasing the closed Hahnemann University Hospital amid the coronavirus outbreak. Freedman's spokesperson called the vandalism "sad and uncalled for."

Philly’s day-care system is on the verge of a coronavirus collapse. Emergency cash is coming.

Daycare centers typically operate on the narrowest of margins, unable to withstand major disruptions, employing workers who make between $10 and $20 per hour.

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