US lawmakers nearing stimulus deal amid signs of economic distress

Washington (AFP) – As lawmakers inch closer to a new stimulus package to help the pandemic-battered US economy, government data shows more workers are applying for unemployment benefits as the recovery stalls. A government relief package to aid struggling businesses and jobless workers is seen as essential in getting the world’s largest economy back on its feet amid a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, even as new vaccines offer hope that life can return to normal. Without an agreement, millions of unemployed workers will lose their special pandemic benefits before the end of the year. Democra…

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