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ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross and investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz are leaving ABC after more than two decades at the network, reports CNN's Oliver Darcy, who obtained an internal memo announcing their departures.

The backdrop: Ross was suspended from ABC for four weeks without pay in December for an incorrect report about Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The report made no mention linking this incident to Ross and Schwartz's departures. The two said in a statement that, despite their exit from ABC, they plan to continue working in investigative journalism.

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U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June

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The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1% from 13.3% in May, according to government data released Thursday.

The state of play: While the labor market showed more signs of recovery when the government’s survey period ended in early June, the lag means that more recent developments, like the surge in coronavirus cases and resultant closures in some states, aren't captured in this data.

1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week

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Another 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, the Department of Labor announced Thursday.

Why it matters: New applications for unemployment remain historically high, suggesting layoffs are still widely prevalent. However, they remain well below the all-time record seen when the coronavirus pandemic first hit.

The crushing budget blow awaiting state and local government workers

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State and local government jobs are being gutted, even as the labor market shows signs of a slight recovery.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic blew a hole in state and local government budgets. A slew of states cut spending and jobs — with more planned layoffs announced this week as states try to balance budgets.