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A woman recovering from fever linked to COVID-19 checks medications in her home in Mineola, N.Y., this spring. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of U.S. Households Struck By COVID-19 Face Financial Trouble

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Two million Americans have started freelancing in the past 12 months, according to a new study from Upwork, a freelance job platform. And that has increased the proportion of the workforce that performs freelance work to 36%. Ada Yokota/Getty Images hide caption

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Jobs In The Pandemic: More Are Freelance And May Stay That Way Forever

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People wait for a bus in August in East Los Angeles. Latinos have the highest rate of labor force participation of any group in California — many in public-facing jobs deemed essential. That work has put them at higher risk of catching the coronavirus. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings

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'I Try So Hard Not To Cry': Nearly Half Of U.S. Households Face A Financial Crisis

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How People Are Scraping By After Expiration Of Federal Unemployment Aid

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Many Employers Say Temporary Tax Break Is Not Worth The Trouble

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Caroline Wells and her family at their new home outside San Antonio. The builders just finished it so the yard has yet to be planted, but the couple are looking forward to letting the kids run out their energy with a lot more outdoor space than they had at their home in the city. Trisha Kosub hide caption

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More Space, Please: Home Sales Booming Despite Pandemic, Recession

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The expanded federal unemployment benefits are gone with no extension from Congress in sight. Eviction moratoriums are expiring even as large numbers of people continue to lose jobs. And so this sudden, deep recession is forcing many people to upend their lives. Stockbyte/Getty Images hide caption

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'Will I Have A Place To Live?' Scrambling To Survive After $600 Benefits End

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Kaitlyn McCollum, pictured here in 2018, was teaching high school in Tennessee when her federal TEACH Grants were turned into more than $20,000 in loans. Stacy Kranitz for NPR hide caption

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A drop-off at a day care last month in the Queens borough of New York City. Lindsey Nicholson/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Beware of scammers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask you for any sort of payment or seek other financial information or your Social Security number. Karl Tapales/Getty Images hide caption

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How To Tell A Real COVID-19 Contact Tracer's Call From A Scammer's

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A sale sign is seen in front of a home in Miami. FHA loans are used by many minority, lower-income, and first-time homebuyers because the low down payments make homeownership more affordable. But this demographic is more likely to be hurt financially during the pandemic, and many FHA borrowers are skipping mortgage payments. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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