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What daily life during the pandemic looks like to people across the U.S. and class of 2020 was to enter the strongest job market in 50 years

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By Elisabeth Buchwald

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A New Yorker’s guide to surviving grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic — without losing your mind

A 5-point plan to food shopping in the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States.

‘I’d probably tell my grandkids the story of how we met’: This couple got coronavirus on a first date — and they’ve been quarantining together ever since

Contracting COVID-19 on a first date sounds too improbable, even for Hollywood. ‘I don’t blame her at all, we both had a really fun time together,’ says Nick Crawford, 23.

Class of 2020 was to enter the strongest job market in 50 years — and now graduates’ earnings will lag peers’ for a decade

Researchers find that college graduates take jobs that pay less during a recession.

Amazon, Walmart, Lowe’s and others are hiring to fill 444,000 job openings amid coronavirus demand

Jobless claims jumped to 6.6 million last week, but several sectors are ramping up hiring even as the coronavirus pandemic creates layoffs.

What daily life during the pandemic looks like to people across the U.S., and beyond

MarketWatch asked readers to share pictures of what life during a pandemic looks like for them. Here are some of the images and stories they shared with us.

How to prevent spreading coronavirus: don’t nag your husband?

The Malaysian government has apologized for a COVID-19 PSA that’s being slammed as sexist

The shame of Premier League clubs cutting workers’ wages and asking for government cash while paying £100,000-a-week-plus stars in full

Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has been criticized for leaning on government support to pay furloughed staff while continuing paying its £100,000-a-week-plus stars in full.

These gig-economy jobs can provide extra income without having to leave home during the coronavirus pandemic

As layoffs mount, Americans may be turning to gig work for quick money.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Lenders call on Washington for more clarity on small business rescue program a day before launch Friday

Lenders are still waiting on final rules from the U.S. government to help get its $350 billion rescue lending programs off the ground on Friday to shore up small businesses battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Friday’s jobs report for March won’t tell the full story of a U.S. economy in crisis

Don’t expect more than a fraction of the damage done to the economy by the coronavirus pandemic to show up in the U.S. monthly jobs report for March due on Friday. The real shocker will come a month from now.

‘Fractional investment’ app backed by actor Will Smith and NFL star J.J. Watt surges in popularity as coronavirus fears roil financial markets

Will Smith backed Social-Investing App Public has seen a 70% increase in interaction among its members

Jobless claims leap record 6.6 million at end of March as coronavirus triggers mass layoffs

The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week soared by a record 6.6 million, bringing the increase in new jobless claims in the last two weeks of March to 10 million as the all-out effort to slow the coronavirus slammed the economy.

Elisabeth Buchwald is a personal finance reporter at MarketWatch. She is based in New York.

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