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“Already many economists … are forecasting that in the second quarter gross domestic product will experience its sharpest drop since the end of World War II. The more people who lose their jobs, the more people will struggle to pay for their needs, magnifying the toll the pandemic has placed on the economy. Unemployment benefits and other measures will help them bridge the gap between now and whenever the crisis passes. But they will need workplaces to go back to. Lacking support, many otherwise healthy small businesses will fail, and the jobs they provided will disappear permanently.” Key words: “lacking support.” The federal government is trying to provide that support. States and municipalities will have to step up as well. *NM*

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