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The seasonal job is getting a makeover and, in many cases, a pay raise

Passers-by walk past a hiring sign as they enter a Target retail store in September in Westwood, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Temporary jobs are moving from big-box stores and shopping malls to warehouses and call centers

Stocks are soaring, and most Black people are missing out

Chart shows the share of households that own stock by race and ethnicity.

Nearly half of all U.S. households don’t own any stocks, and a disproportionate number of them are from Black and other minority households

Suddenly retired? Here’s what to do next

Business closings and health risks related to the pandemic are pushing many people to stop working sooner than they had planned

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U.S. budget deficit breached $3.1 trillion as pandemic slammed economy

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, OMB Budget Director Russell Vought, and Scott Atlas, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, listen as President Trump speaks. (Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford)

The U.S. budget deficit eclipsed $3.1 trillion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to government data released Friday, by far the biggest one-year gap in U.S. history.

Casinos' slots revenues were down in September

Mohegan Sun’s slots “win” fell by nearly 10%, while Foxwoods Resort Casino’s tumbled by more than 20%.

U.S. layoffs remain elevated as 898,000 seek jobless aid

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, passers-by walk past a business storefront with store closing and sale signs in Dedham, Mass. U.S. employers advertised for slightly fewer jobs in August while their hiring ticked up modestly. The Labor Department said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020,  that the number of U.S. job postings on the last day of August dipped to 6.49 million, down from 6.70 million July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 898,000, a historically high number that is evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession that erupted seven months ago

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