Latest from Alyssa Fowers

Why some state and local governments are desperate for more stimulus aid

Last year, more than 1 in 20 state government jobs vanished, and tax revenue fell in 26 states.
  • Feb 15, 2021

The economy is getting even worse for Americans with a high school diploma or less education

Nearly a million people with a high school education or less lost work in November and December, reversing job recovery since April.
  • Jan 27, 2021

Companies are halting PAC contributions after U.S. Capitol riots. Here’s where their money went.

A Post analysis of 49 companies found that only a small share of their contributions went directly to the 147 lawmakers who objected to counting presidential election results.
  • Jan 15, 2021

Months later, more than 1 million Americans are still waiting for unemployment aid

Many jobless Americans are asked for extensive proof of their identity. Some are told they must wait months to speak with a senior administrator about their case.
  • Jan 4, 2021

Small-business loans to big companies prompt Congress to overhaul PPP rules

More than 1,000 Sonic Drive-Ins received a total of over $100 million, the latest example of a chain amassing PPP funds.
  • Dec 11, 2020

More than half of emergency small-business funds went to larger businesses, new data shows

The newly released data comes after a federal lawsuit filed by The Washington Post and 10 other news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act challenging the SBA’s refusal to release records on borrowers and loan amounts.
  • Dec 2, 2020

Explore updated SBA data on businesses that received PPP loans

The Small Business Administration has released additional data about loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, complying with a federal court order as part of a lawsuit by The Washington Post and other media organizations.
  • Dec 2, 2020

A growing number of Americans are going hungry

More Americans are going hungry now than at any point during the deadly covid-19 pandemic, according to new federal data.
  • Nov 25, 2020

The lowest-paid workers in higher education are suffering the highest job losses

No school is immune from the financial disruptions caused by the pandemic, but those with hefty endowments and reserves are faring better than those without. Colleges that are heavily reliant on tuition are watching their revenue dry up as enrollment has fallen, while the expense of testing and reopening has risen.
  • Nov 17, 2020

The votes that won Joe Biden the presidency

The ballots counted on Election Day set the candidates up for a tight race. Over the following days, election officials continued to count a historic number of early and mail-in votes.
  • Nov 13, 2020