11 million people still unemployed during the pandemic

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate could vote on a “narrow” coronavirus relief bill, while the Democrats continue to push for a broader aid package for struggling Americans.
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Dr. Troy, thank you for being with us this morning, we appreciate your time. Let's talk now about the economic pain. One city in Massachusetts said they will give up to $400 a month for low income families. And ABC's Deirdre Bolton is here with more. Good morning, Dan. Expect a show down on capitol hill this week. Senate majority later Mitch Mcconnell says that the senate would vote on a very Narro stimulus relief package. Democrats are calling for a broader relief package. One thing is certain, this pandemic is hurting financial and physical health. Being unemployed feels like being left or being abandoned. It is a terrible time for everyone. I mean there is not enough of anything anymore. The most recent claims are significantly higher than the worst week of the last resection. That mass experts concerned. It will be a drawn out recovery. Calling for another round of stimulus relief. It is critical. Nothing short of critical. These households, 11 million people who for no fault of their own have lost their jobs, they're livelihoods and lay awake wondering how they will take care of themselves. More businesses are worried about their bottom lines. Some of them this is their main source of income. For other it is their second job. I have an obligation to my employees and my community. The pandemic seems like it is getting stronger. We're really, really, risking a One farmer takes us around his property and says the pandemic makes it difficult to be profitable. Food security is national security. If we can't feed our country, we're in big trouble. Since may, eight million more Americans have fallen below the poverty line with millions more saying they only have scarce resources. For other Americans, the harm is disproportionate. African-American, hispanic, Asian Americans all seeing a rise in unemployment significantly higher than the national average. Since March small businesses have taken a hit. In the past ten years minority owned businesses are responsible for half of small business creation. A painful economic struggle for so many across the country. We want to turn now to the

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