Updated Aug 21, 2018

22 states have never sent an African American to Congress

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It's 2018, and 22 states have never sent an African American to Congress.

Why it matters: The country is constantly changing and becoming more diverse. Electing more people of color could quell many Americans' feelings that politics is broken and there's little trust in public institutions. At the very least, it would increase the likelihood that policies better reflect communities of color around the country.

The states include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, according to data from the House historian's office.

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Another 6.6 million jobless claims filed last week amid coronavirus crisis

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Another 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, the Labor Department announced Thursday.

Why it matters: It adds to the staggering 10 million jobless claims in recent weeks — by far the sharpest spikes in American history — as the world economy has ground to a halt in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Yelp cutting 1,000 jobs, furloughing others

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Yelp told employees Thursday that it is cutting 1,000 jobs and furloughing another 1,100 workers amid a massive drop in its business.

Why it matters: Yelp is the latest company catering to small businesses that has seen much of its customer base decimated amid the COVID-19 outbreak and related shutdowns.

Investors see more volatility ahead as coronavirus hammers markets

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The stock market continues to bounce back and analysts and investors are lining up on opposing sides of the market's big new question — whether stocks have hit the bottom. The one thing they both agree on is that there will be significant volatility ahead.

On one side: The rebound from this recession may come at warp speed because the fall came at warp speed, Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at the Leuthold Group, tells Axios.