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A "now hiring" sign hanging in a store window in New York City in August 2021. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

More than 7 million unemployed people will lose their jobless benefits on Monday after federal programs expire, according to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The expiration of benefits comes as the Delta variant continues to weigh on the U.S. economy.

By the numbers: The U.S. added only about 235,000 jobs last month, according to the latest jobs report.

  • It was significantly fewer than economists expected and the smallest increase since January.

The big picture: The Century Foundation estimated last month that 7.5 million workers receiving two federal unemployment assistance programs will be cut off from aid.

  • It also determined that the cutoff will disproportionately affect people of color and women.

Go deeper: Biden: "No question" Delta variant is to blame for poor jobs report

Go deeper

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Updated Sep 17, 2021 - Economy & Business

America fought the pandemic economy — and won

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The U.S. economy is emerging from the pandemic with more well-paying jobs for those who want them, less hunger, less poverty, higher wages, less inequality, and more wealth for everyday Americans.

Why it matters: None of these outcomes were expected when the pandemic began. All of them are the result of massive government programs.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
17 mins ago - Energy & Environment

China vows end to building coal-fired power plants abroad

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Mary Altaffer - Pool/Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday that his country "will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad" and plans to boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

Why it matters: The pledge, if maintained, would mark a breakthrough in efforts to transition global power away from the most carbon-emitting fuel.

House Democrats strip Iron Dome money from government funding bill

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Democrats on Tuesday stripped $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from its short-term government funding bill after backlash from progressives, people familiar with the decision tell Axios.

Why it matters: There has never a situation where military aid for Israel was held up because of objections from members of Congress. While the funding will get a vote in its current defense bill, the clash underscores the deep divisions within the Democratic party over Israel.