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Unemployment Claims Raise on Hurricanes and COVID

Unemployment claims for the week ending November 14 rose by 4.4 percent. Louisiana realized the greatest increase in initial claims, likely connected to impacts from Hurricane Zeta. Illinois had the second highest increase, likely connected with a surge in COVID-19 cases. More than 20 million Americans continued receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

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Happy Anniversary Heartland Forward

We're so grateful for your partnership and collaboration with us throughout Heartland Forwards' first year.

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Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Decline Accelerates

Unemployment claims for the week ending November 7 fell by 6.8 percent from the previous week’s revised seasonally adjusted values. With only 374,000 less persons receiving benefits the week of October 24, more than 21 million Americans continued receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

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Unemployment Claims Continue Slow Decline

Unemployment claims for the week ending October 31 fell by a modest 0.1 percent from the previous week, though the decline in continuing claims accelerated slightly with 1.1 million less persons receiving benefits the week of October 17.

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Unemployment Claims Continue Decline

Initial unemployment claims fell by 5 percent last week, continuing a surprising decline that is coinciding with a significant increase in US COVID-19 cases. State-level trends are varied, with some Midwest and Mountain West states seeing claim increases in alignment with their COVID-19 case increases.

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Unemployment Claims Fall, an Unexpected Windfall

Initial unemployment claims fell by 6.5 percent last week, and the total number of persons receiving UI benefits fell by over 1 million the week of October 3. Analysts were expecting a slight increase in unemployment claims, but the actual numbers suggest growth in employment.

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ECONOMIC RECOVERY STRATEGY

COVID-19 presents great challenges to Northwest Arkansas (NWA) as it does to every other community, but the region is in strong standing to weather this global pandemic.

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Unemployment Claims Rise Suggesting Economic Recovery Stalled

Initial unemployment claims rose significantly last week, as nearly 80,000 more people applied for unemployment insurance benefits than in the prior week. As additional federal stimulus grows less likely and COVID cases rise throughout the Midwest, employment growth has seemingly stalled jeopardizing the economic recovery.

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Seven-point Plan Charts Northwest Arkansas' (NWA) Economic Recovery from COVID-19

New report offers data-driven recommendations for NWA leaders and lessons for other communities navigating the economic crisis

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New Unemployment Claims Steady But Continuing Claims Decline

Initial unemployment claims remained steady with last week; seasonally adjusted claims fell by 1.1 percent, but unadjusted claims rose by 0.7 percent. However, continuing claims as of September 19, 2020, fell by 1 million persons, bring the total continuing claims to 25.5 million persons.

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Unemployment Claims Resume Slow Decline

New unemployment claims fell during the week ending September 26, 2020. This resumes the modest decline in unemployment insurance claims which started in August. However, more than 26.5 million persons continue to claim unemployment insurance, as of September 12, 2020.

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Natural Disasters Confound Employment Growth, UI Claims Rise

New unemployment claims rose during the week ending September 19, 2020. While the pandemic recovery remains lethargic, employment growth in California and Florida is also being limited by hurricanes and wildfires.

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Did Retail and Other Service Businesses Receive Their Fair Share of PPP Loans?

While retail businesses in 10 states across the Heartland received a share of PPP loans greater than or equal to their share of total firms, retail businesses in the other 10 states and other services businesses in all states did not receive their fair share. This could be due to the types of businesses that make up these industries and how the PPP loans were distributed.

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Small Decrease in Unemployment Claims Extends Sluggish Recovery

While new UI claims fell by 0.7 percent, this was less than expected due to seasonal adjustments, and more than 29.7 million Americans continued receiving UI benefits during the week ending August 29, 2020. This reinforces expectations pre-pandemic job levels will not be realized for quite some time.

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No Improvement in Unemployment Since Last Week

Unemployment claims remained under 1 million for the week ending September 5, 2020, but they indicated no improvement in labor market conditions. Seasonally-adjusted initial UI claims were unchanged and unadjusted claims rose 2.4 percent.

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Did Businesses in the Manufacturing Industry Receive Their Fair Share of PPP Loans?

Manufacturers in Ohio had the highest participation rate in PPP among Heartland states. In roughly one-third of Heartland states, manufacturers received a greater share of PPP loans than they represented among firms. Among the remaining 13 states, the manufacturers’ share of PPP loans in seven states were within ten percent of their share of all employer firms.

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Initial Unemployment Claims Fall Below 1 Million

Initial UI claims fell again this week, this time dropping below the 1 million claims threshold. Forty states, the Heartland and the US all continued to realize decreases in IUR, indicating employment gains.

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Did Hospitality-Related Businesses Receive Their Fair Share of PPP Loans?

Hospitality industry businesses across the Heartland likely did not receive their fair share of loans in PPP.

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Initial Claims Fall Slightly Despite FEMA Benefits in 32 States

Despite 32 states being authorized to issue unemployment insurance benefits from FEMA Disaster Relief Funds, initial claims fell slightly for the week ending August 22, 2020. The insured unemployment rate for the nation and Heartland both declined for the week ending August 15, 2020.

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Did Female-Owned Businesses Receive Their Fair Share of PPP Loans?

Across racial and ethnic categories, Hispanic female-owned businesses received their fair share of PPP loans; in most states, however, female-owned businesses across all five racial categories did not receive a proportionate share of PPP loans to employer firms.

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Executive Order Gives Partial Benefits, Induces Rise in Claims

Unemployment insurance claims rose during the week ending August 15, 2020. The rise in claims follows an executive order to utilize FEMA Disaster Relief Funds to provide $300 per week in unemployment benefits.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue to Decline

Unemployment insurance claims continued to decline during the week ending August 8, 2020, and insured unemployment rates also continued to trend down for the week ending August 1, 2020. While the July monthly jobs report noted job growth, the unemployment claims data indicates that employment remains significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels.

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Did Asian- and American Indian-Owned Businesses Receive Their Fair Share of PPP Loans?

Asian-owned businesses are more likely to be employer firms, and they likely received an equitable share of PPP loans in most Heartland states. American Indian-owned firms, which are much more likely to be non-employer firms, likely did not receive their fair share of PPP loans throughout the Heartland. The disparate employment pattern may explain in part why Asian-owned firms faired better than American Indian-owned firms in receiving PPP loans.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall as Enhanced Benefit Ends

After two consecutive weeks of increases in initial unemployment claims, claims fell by 249,000 to 1,186,000, the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. The decline is at least partially due to the end of the $600 enhance unemployment benefit provided in the Cares Act, the loss of which reducing the incentive to file a claim.

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Did Black- and Hispanic-owned Businesses Receive Their Fair Share of PPP Loans?

The vast majority of Black- and Hispanic-owned businesses in the Heartland do not have employees, and that may have resulted in the two groups receiving inequitable shares of Payroll Protection Program loans.

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Does Geography Determine Destiny? The Inequality of Opportunity Across the Heartland, Highlighted by the COVID Crisis

Ross DeVol and Angie Cooper
We are all invested in the idea of upward economic mobility, grounded in the notion that with hard work, we can build a better life for ourselves, our communities and our children. Unfortunately, the analysis in this report makes it clear that the distribution of opportunity has been and continues to be uneven.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims Back Up GDP Decline

The week ending July 25, 2020, was the 19th week during which over 1 million initial claims were filed. Consistent with the estimated 2nd quarter GDP decline of 32.9 percent, the US economy ails from the pandemic-induced recession.

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Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Claims Rise

The week ending July 18, 2020, was the 17th week during which over 1 million initial claims were filed. With 32 states realizing an increase in initial UI claims, it also marked the first time since March that seasonally adjusted claims increased from the previous week.

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Winning Streak of Big Cities Fades With 2020 Crises

Coronavirus, anger over policing and strained budgets pack triple punch in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Boston, but don’t count cities out, urban experts say

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COVID-19 Threatens Economic Recovery as Unemployment Claims Increase

The week ending July 4, 2020, was the 16th week during which over 1 million initial claims were filed. With 32 states realizing an increase in initial UI claims, it also marked the first time since March that seasonally unadjusted claims increased from the previous week.

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Young firms can accelerate economic growth post COVID-19

Entrepreneurs and young firms are the future major employers and they need support.

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Pandemic-Related Recession Keeps Unemployment Claims Elevated

Despite an optimistic jobs report last week, recessionary effects, like decreasing orders for manufactured goods and lackluster consumer spending, are contributing to the numbers of those furloughed or laid off. Additionally, some states are reinstating restrictions on businesses, such as closing bars and increasing limits on restaurant capacity, to limit growth in COVID-19 cases.

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Unchanged Initial Unemployment Claims Means Economic Stagnation

With almost no change in the number of initial unemployment claims over last week, some state economies may be worse off this week than last. Several southern and western states have realized rises in COVID-19 cases, and a few states are reinstating measures to limit its spread. These efforts, combined with employees contracting or quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure, is hampering employers in hiring back furloughed employees.

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Unemployment Claims Flat as Economies Reopen Without Hiring

As states continue to lift restrictions on businesses, hiring is stagnant, even though spending is increasing somewhat. According to Chetty et al. (2020)1, until high-income households emerge from isolation and resume spending at pre-pandemic levels employment will not grow significantly. New COVID-19 hotspots throughout the country further complicate the situation as workers seek assistance while they quarantine and/or recover.

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Angie's announcement

Today Heartland Forward announced additional investments in its programming efforts, including the creation of a chief program officer role, underscoring the "do" in its mission as a "think and do" tank.

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Pandemic Unemployment Persists, even as States Continue to Loosen Restrictions

Businesses continue to face challenges to increasing production, sales and employment levels, and rising COVID-19 cases in many places across the country further complicate these processes (e.g., workers having to quarantine after exposure, limiting available workers).

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States Expand Economic Reopening but Unemployment Persists

Rising COVID-19 cases and safety requirements, supply chain issues, and childcare issues are some of the factors making it difficult for businesses to return to pre-pandemic production and employment levels. The worst-hit states continue to be those dependent on tourism and manufacturing.

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We support our fellow citizens who are using their voices to speak out for change

Message from Heartland Forward's President and CEO - Ross DeVol

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Despite Reopening Economies, Insured Unemployment Rates Rise in 13 States

As states continue to reopen their economies, insured unemployment rates fell in 37 states, indicating that fewer workers are receiving unemployment insurance benefits. However, 13 states saw their insured unemployment rate increase, and factors like limited capacity requirements at restaurants and retailers, consumer fears, and supply chain disruptions continued to weigh down employment growth.

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Return of Employment Slow, Millions Still Seek Unemployment Assistance

This week’s report revealed that roughly 1.9 million initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed the week ending May 23, 2020. An additional 1.2 million claims were filed for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

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As Economies Reopen, Insured Unemployment Rate Falls in 32 States

This week’s report revealed that nearly 2.44 million initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed the week ending May 16, 2020. An additional 2.23 million initial claims were filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which covers self-employed, contract and part-time workers. Thirty-two states saw their insured unemployment rates drop.

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Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue Rise as States Catch Up; Continued Claims Fall in Some States

This week’s report revealed that nearly 2.98 million initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed the week ending May 9, 2020. Nineteen states saw their continued claims fall, suggesting that people may be going back to work in those states.

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Rise in Unemployment Insurance Claims Moderating, Foreshadows Record Job Losses

This week’s report revealed that nearly 3.17 million initial claims for unemployment insurance were filed the week ending May 2, 2020, suggesting that tomorrow’s release of the April jobs report will reveal record job losses. Only 6 states realized an increase in initial claims, and these increases were much lower than in previous weeks ranging from 3,125 to 27,337.

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Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force

This industry-specific platform provides a single source for recommendations on how you can help the Arkansas economy recover from the effects of COVID-19. The information provided here is based on science, data, and the decision making of our state leaders and industry experts. Working smart, safe, and together makes Arkansas Ready for Business.

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COVID-19 Consequences for Manufacturing

Manufacturing faces increased job losses due to COVID-19, but this presents the industry an opportunity to re-evaluate supply chains, introduce new products, and innovate – to leverage the Heartland’s resources and build resilient economies.

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Unemployment Continues to Rise, Recovery Seems Elusive

Initial unemployment claims continue to rise, though at a slower rate for the 3rd week in a row. Enhanced unemployment benefits pose a challenge to reopening the economy.

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Insured Unemployment Rates Chart Progress in Reopening States’ Economies

In addition to our analysis on initial and cumulative unemployment insurance claims by state, we introduce analysis on insured unemployment rates by state to better monitor responses to states that are reopening their economies.

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Michigan’s Economy Derailed and Underlying Health Conditions Exacerbated by COVID-19

New weekly unemployment insurance claims continue to moderate, but remain at levels unseen before the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, new claims filed since March 1st are now above 20 percent of pre-outbreak employment in some states.


Michigan has been hit particularly hard, with the worst mortality rate in the country and the second-worst share of pre-outbreak employment that have filed unemployment insurance claims.

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COVID-19 Exposes the Heartland’s Digital Divide

Because of the digital divide, not all parts of U.S. have benefited from the utility of broadband connectivity during the coronavirus pandemic

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Louisiana in the Bullseye of the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

New weekly unemployment insurance claims have come down slightly from last week's record-setting levels. Looking at the unemployment insurance data and data on confirmed COVID-19 cases, Louisiana is being severely impacted from both a health and economic perspective.

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Another Record-breaking Week for Unemployment Claims as Coronavirus Fallout Continues

New unemployment insurance claims rose again for the U.S. and most states, as the fallout from the coronavirus continues.

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Coronavirus Hits Already-Vulnerable Heartland Oil And Gas Industries Hard

Ross DeVol
The most extensive negative consequences of COVID-19 on the Heartland will be attributable to the related, but indirect impacts, of reduced oil and gas exploration and extraction operations

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Heartland Travel Hubs Face Economic Fall-out from COVID-19

The Heartland is home to a significant portion of the United State’s airlines and aerospace manufacturing. Given the huge drop-off in airline travel and the significant role that travel, tourism, airlines, and aerospace manufacturing play in the Heartland's economy, we wanted to dive into this area further.

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COVID-19 Impacts Lead to Record-setting Rise in Unemployment Claims

The economic slowdown resulting from the coronavirus outbreak has led to massive increases in new unemployment insurance claims

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Coronavirus Regional Economic Impacts and Policy Responses

How COVID-19 will impact communities in the Heartland and beyond, and how policymakers can respond

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Unemployment Claims Predict Future Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Recent federal changes to the unemployment insurance (UI) program authorized employee eligibility under certain conditions related to COVID-19

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Millennials Find New Hope In The Heartland

The contributors address a fundamental topic for future economic success
in the Heartland: Will Millennials return and remain at higher rates?

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Navigating the Coronavirus Outbreak: How a Chinese Economic Slowdown Could Impact a Vulnerable Heartland Trucking Industry

How a Chinese economic slowdown could impact a vulnerable Heartland trucking industry

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