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•  CNBC reports this morning that "hiring surged in February as the U.S. economic activity picked up amid a progressive drop in Covid-19 cases and vaccines provided hope of more growth ahead.

"The Labor Department on Friday reported that nonfarm payrolls jumped by 379,000 for the month and the unemployment rate fell to 6.2%. That compared to expectations of 210,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate to hold steady from the 6.3% rate in January."


•  From the Wall Street Journal:

"Filings for unemployment benefits in the latter half of February reached their lowest level in nearly three months amid signs of slow labor-market improvement.

"The Labor Department said jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs, rose slightly to 745,000 for the week ended Feb. 27, from a revised 736,000 the prior week. The four week moving-average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility in claims numbers, was just under 800,000, its lowest level since early December … Despite the easing, worker filings for jobless benefits have remained elevated since the pandemic hit last March, holding above a pre-pandemic peak of 695,000."


•  USA Today reports that the woman who was wildly ridiculed for shaming a San Diego Starbucks employee who asked her to wear a mask - and was caught on video doing so - now is suing the person who created a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $100,000 for that barista.

According to the story, the woman wants half the money raised, filing a lawsuit for "violation of her right to publicity," "misappropriation of her name and likeness," and "false light invasion of privacy." 

USA Today writes that "the case could be thrown out under California’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation law, according to Eric Goldman, associate dean for research and a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. The state law is designed to prevent lawsuits that discourage speech about issues of public significance."

Gee., she's not acting like someone who doesn't want publicity.  She's acting just liken the kind of person who would berate an employee for trying to do his job, and would ignore intelligent public health mandates.