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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.

COVID-19: Federal Agencies Remark on Worst Job Loss on Record and Economic Decline : April 9, May 8, June 8, and July 30, 2020
COVID-19: Federal Agencies Remark on Worst Job Loss on Record and Economic Decline
Heather Kerrigan

The COVID-19 pandemic threatened public health and stretched U.S. hospitals to their breaking point, but it also had a significant impact on the economic security of many Americans. Between the late winter and summer of 2020, the United States entered a recession, experienced its worst job loss on record, and had its sharpest economic contraction in history. Early in the pandemic, weekly unemployment benefit claims reached into the millions, soaring well over the previous record set more than a decade earlier during ...

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