(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:
US economy adds 1.4 million jobs in August; unemployment falls to 8.4%
The U.S. economy added 1.4 million jobs in August, according to data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That in turn lowered the unemployment rate to 8.4%. The monthly unemployment rate is now lower than 10% for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began – 10% was also the high seen during the Great Recession. The biggest job gains occurred in retail, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services. Although a large number of jobs were added in August, this is a slowdown from recent months. Also in August, an increase in government employment largely reflected temporary hiring for the 2020 Census.
Portland protestor shooting suspect shot and killed by police
A man sought in connection in the death of pro-Trump protester Aaron J. Danielson in Portland, Oregon, last Saturday is dead after being shot and killed by officers who were trying to apprehend him Thursday night in Lacey, Washington. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was located by the FBI and U.S. Marshals, but when Reinoehl allegedly pulled a gun, task force members shot him, a law enforcement official tells ABC News. Reinoehl was under surveillance when he left an apartment and got into a vehicle, which is when he was confronted by authorities, Lt. Ray Brady of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said during a press briefing Thursday night. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, shots were fired and Reinoehl was killed. The sheriff’s spokesperson said no officers were injured and at this time it’s unclear if Reinoehl fired at officers. Reinoehl’s encounter with federal agents came shortly after he gave an interview to VICE News in which he appeared to acknowledge having killed Danielson, saying he “had no choice” but to do what he did because he thought he and his friend were about to be stabbed.
Rochester, NY, police officers suspended over death of Black man during arrest
The seven Rochester, New York police officers involved in the suffocation death last March of a Black man in their custody have been suspended. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren Body announced the suspension at a news conference Thursday, declaring, “Institutional and structural racism led to Daniel Prude’s death. I won’t deny it. I stand before it. And I call for justice upon it.” Police bodycam video released Wednesday shows officers putting a so-called spit hood over 41-year-old Daniel Prude’s head, which the medical examiner, who ruled Prude’s death a homicide, says contributed to his death by asphyxiation, along with excited delirium and PCP intoxication. Prude, who was naked during the incident, was held face-down on the street by three officers, one of whom appears to kneel on his head, as he died. Relatives say Prude had some mental health issues but was harmless.
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.
Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 26,331,492
Global deaths: 869,306. The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 186,806.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 17,543,692
Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,151,101 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 186,806. New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 32,976.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,266,957
U.S. total people tested: 80,381,085
The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 726,656 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million. That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 843,844 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 837,978 reported cases.
CDC update COVID-19 deaths forecast
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is forecasting between 200,000 to 211,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 by the week ending September 26. The previous CDC forecast estimated there would be between 196,000 and 207,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by the week ending September 19. The CDC also says new COVID-19 deaths “may decrease nationally over the next four weeks, with 3,300 to 7,500 new deaths reported during the week ending September 26, 2020.” As of Friday morning, there were 186,806 reported COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. One week ago today, there were 180,157 reported COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
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