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Unemployment Rate Drops, Surprising Economists - Economy Adds 1.8M New Jobs

08-07-2020
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Some good news came out today on the economy as the unemployment rate is down once again.

The unemployment rate fell again in July by a bigger drop than economists had expected. The jobless rate has dropped to 10.2 percent as the economy added nearly 1.8 million jobs. Those new hires also beat analysts' forecast.

The White House is touting the new numbers as a positive sign of economic recovery:

The economy initially lost 22 million jobs due to pandemic lockdowns, according to the Labor Department. Friday’s report indicates that 16.3 million people were still out of work in July, even with the latest gains. 

The lockdowns have induced a devastating recession that caused the economy to shrink at a nearly 33% annual rate in the April-June quarter - the worst quarterly decline in recorded US economic history. 

Many economists have forecast a solid rebound in the July-September quarter, but that's being challenged as pandemic hot spots around the US have forced new closures.

Meanwhile, there's some good news on the coronavirus as well. Vaccine prospects are high as some trials are in their final phase. Plus there are effective treatments that involve the antibodies of survivors. Click here to read that story.

And although the death toll is now over 160,000, the number of new cases dropped by more than 12-percent this week, and the daily number of deaths also fell. Hospitalizations are also down in hot spots like Texas:

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