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The Ongoing Plague of Unemployment


Even as 2020 comes to a close, the same problems that roiled the economy in March continue to plague us.

More than 10 million Americans remain unemployed, and new unemployment claims rose yet again this month.

While Congress appears to be close to passing a new stimulus package, for many it could be too little, too late: almost 8 million Americans nationwide have fallen into poverty. In North Carolina, over the course of the pandemic, more than 30% of the state's workforce have submitted unemployment claims. The impact is also tangible on a local level, as a 'tent city' has cropped up just blocks from uptown Charlotte.

We sit down with local and state experts to understand the ongoing impact Covid-19 has on unemployment in Charlotte and beyond.


Danielle Frazier, CEO of Charlotte Works

Kenny Colbert, CEO of the Employers Association in Charlotte

John Quinterno, founder and principal of South by North Strategies and Visiting Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

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Jesse Steinmetz is Producer of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Before joining WFAE in 2019, he was an intern at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and hosted a show at Eastern Connecticut State University.