Feb 1, 2018

U.K. MPs vote to leave Palace of Westminster during renovations

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The United Kingdom's House of Commons voted to leave its famous home in the Palace of Westminster during a renovation set to begin in 2025 at the earliest, per the BBC. The project would see Parliament unhoused for a "significant" period of time, and current estimates peg the cost at £5.6 billion ($7.97 billion). But Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, promised a return, saying Westminster "will always remain the home of Parliament."

Why it's happening: The mostly 19th-century building contains large amounts of asbestos and lacks proper sewage systems and electrical wiring. In the last decade alone, there have been 60 fires throughout the complex that could have led to a serious incident, according to the government.

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Unemployment rate falls to 13.3% in May

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May, with 2.5 million jobs gained, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The far better-than-expected numbers show a surprising improvement in the job market, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The difficulty of calculating the real unemployment rate

Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Note: Initial traditional state claims from the weeks of May 23 and 30, continuing traditional claims from May 23. Initial PUA claims from May 16, 23, and 30, continuing PUA and other programs from May 16; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The shocking May jobs report — with a decline in the unemployment rate to 13.3% and more than 2 million jobs added — destroyed expectations of a much worse economic picture.

Why it matters: Traditional economic reports have failed to keep up with the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and have made it nearly impossible for researchers to determine the state of the U.S. labor market or the economy.

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How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The NBA's Board of Governors approved Thursday the league's 22-team plan to resume play at Walt Disney World — a plan that also includes tentative dates for both this season and next.

Why it matters: The league's proposed trip to Disney World not only impacts this season but could have a domino effect that impacts seasons in the future — and could permanently change what time of year the NBA plays its games.