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Nate Silver. Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AWXII

FiveThirtyEight, the popular politics and news blog launched by statistics guru Nate Silver in 2010, is moving from Disney-owned ESPN to Disney-owned ABC News, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Transitioning the property to its sister network that's more news and politics focused, is a better fit for website than ESPN. President of ABC News James Goldston tells the Wall Street Journal that FiveThirtyEight is part of ABC News’ plans to enhance its political reporting ahead of the midterm elections.

The details: ABC will take on all of FiveThirtyEight's staff, with the exception of a few layoffs, per WSJ. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Reports over the past few months have suggested that ESPN was exploring several potential new owners for the blog, as it undergoes major digital changes of its own.

What they're saying: FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver tweeted that he is excited to work with ABC and "combine our strengths with theirs as we tackle the 2018 and 2020 elections and other news stories."

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Data: Department of Labor; Chart: Axios Visuals

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is falling but remains remarkably high three weeks before pandemic assistance programs are set to expire. More than 1 million people a week are still filing for initial jobless claims, including nearly 300,000 applying for pandemic assistance.

By the numbers: As of Nov. 14, 20.2 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits of some kind, including more than 13.4 million on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs that were created as part of the CARES Act and end on Dec. 26.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.