Less than half of high schoolers want to go to a four-year college, survey finds

Amid the ongoing pandemic, many high schoolers are rethinking their future plans, and whether that will still include college. A recent survey of high school students found that the likelihood of attending a four-year school sank more than 20% in the last year and a half — down to 48%, from 71%, according to ECMC… Continue reading Less than half of high schoolers want to go to a four-year college, survey finds

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Depression rates have tripled during the pandemic — how to recognize the signs and respond to them

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on people’s mental health — and a new study suggests the effects are widespread and longer-lasting than anticipated. Depression rates tripled over the course of the first year of the pandemic, according to research from Boston University published in medical journal The Lancet Regional Health. Pre-pandemic, about 8% of U.S.… Continue reading Depression rates have tripled during the pandemic — how to recognize the signs and respond to them

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4 steps to take now that pandemic unemployment insurance programs have expired

Millions of Americans and their families will see a significant drop in their unemployment benefits, or lose them altogether, now that three key pandemic relief programs for the jobless have expired. Moving forward, 5.1 million people supported by Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for freelancers, gig workers and caregivers), and 3.8 million people drawing from Pandemic Emergency… Continue reading 4 steps to take now that pandemic unemployment insurance programs have expired

Despite the pandemic, 401(k) balances and savings rates are higher than ever

Even with climbing Covid-19 case numbers and ever-increasing inflation, employed retirement savers have been socking away record amounts of cash in their retirement investment accounts. Average 401(k) account balances and savings rates reached record highs in the second quarter of 2021, according to Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest provider of 401(k) plans, marking three quarters… Continue reading Despite the pandemic, 401(k) balances and savings rates are higher than ever

Students still plan to study abroad in droves despite the pandemic, study finds

The pandemic may have wreaked havoc on schooling and overseas travel, but a new report has found that demand for international education remains robust today, with the majority of students remaining committed to their plans to study abroad. As many as three in five (60%) students who planned to attend university overseas say the coronavirus… Continue reading Students still plan to study abroad in droves despite the pandemic, study finds

U.S. Life Expectancy Fell By 1.5 Years In 2020, The Biggest Drop Since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States declined by a year and a half in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says the coronavirus is largely to blame. COVID-19 contributed to 74% of the decline in life expectancy from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020, according to the… Continue reading U.S. Life Expectancy Fell By 1.5 Years In 2020, The Biggest Drop Since WWII

The Pandemic Has Worsened Childhood Vaccination Rates Around The World

Nearly 23 million children around the world missed out on routine childhood vaccinations last year due to service disruptions from the pandemic, the World Health Organization and UNICEF report. In a new analysis released Thursday that highlights data from around the world, the two organizations said immunization rates among children fell in many Asian and… Continue reading The Pandemic Has Worsened Childhood Vaccination Rates Around The World

Too soon to scale back ‘emergency’ pandemic bond buying, ECB’s Visco says

reopening in many parts of the euro zone, it’s not time to end emergency stimulus measures yet, Italian Central Bank Governor Ignazio Visco told CNBC at the G-20 on Sunday. “This is an emergency program that had to do with the effects of the pandemic,” Visco, who is also a member of the European Central… Continue reading Too soon to scale back ‘emergency’ pandemic bond buying, ECB’s Visco says

There’s a shortage of good-paying jobs in post-pandemic world, National Urban League’s Marc Morial says

The pandemic has left Americans wanting higher wages and increased workplace benefits, CEO of the National Urban League Marc Morial told CNBC on Friday. “I sense that there’s a shortage of good-paying jobs because this labor shortage is at the lower end of the economic ladder,” Morial said on “Power Lunch.” Meanwhile, the former mayor… Continue reading There’s a shortage of good-paying jobs in post-pandemic world, National Urban League’s Marc Morial says

Protecting The Immuno-Compromised Against COVID Could Be Key To Ending The Pandemic

There’s mounting research to suggest that protecting people who are immuno-compromised from getting COVID is important not just for their sake – it could be critical in the effort to end the pandemic for everyone. The evidence comes from two separate strands of studies. Dr. Laura McCoy has been doing the first type. She’s an… Continue reading Protecting The Immuno-Compromised Against COVID Could Be Key To Ending The Pandemic