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overview: Even as COVID-19-related layoffs remain at historically bleak levels, another trend is quietly taking root: Businesses are starting to hire again.


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All 50 states have begun allowing nonessential businesses to reopen in phases, prompting restaurants, shops, hair salons and others to rehire at least some of the employees they laid off or furloughed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Many small businesses received federal loans that are forgivable as long as they retain or rehire staffers.

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Paul Davidson

economics and jobs reporter for usa today