Workers struggle with sudden layoffs

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Old Town Temecula
The south end of Old Town Temecula is deserted Sunday, March 29, as many residents heeded California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
A month ago, the United States was in the midst of the longest uninterrupted economic expansion on record. Unemployment levels in the United States have been at historic lows for the last several years – February’s national unemployment rate of 3.5% was the lowest in half a century. The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to that record. The week of March 15, as businesses that have been forced to shut down during the pandemic began laying off w
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