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865,000 women were laid off last month amid COVID-19 pandemic

Chabeli Carrazana, The 19th
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2020

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This story was published in partnership with The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy.

The nation’s first female recession deepened in September: More women left the labor force than the total number of jobs the country added last month. 

About 865,000 women dropped out of the workforce, compared to 216,000 men. Overall, the United States job market added 661,000 jobs between August and September, according to the latest jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. 

A caravan protest on unemployment benefits in New Orleans on July 22, 2020. (Photo: Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

The figure captures the enduring challenges faced by women who make up the majority of the workforce in fields that have been hardest hit by social distancing and the coronavirus — particularly retail and hospitality —

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After being laid off, Tampa father invents a safe sanitizer for shopping carts

Brad Parscale, President Trump’s former campaign manager who was demoted to senior adviser, is stepping away from the campaign, telling Politico he needs to “focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress.”

Parscale, 44, was involuntarily detained by police in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, over the weekend. His wife, Candice Parscale, told a 911 dispatcher that she heard a loud noise in their home, and she thought her husband may have shot himself, as he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and had been making comments about suicide. When police arrived, she told them she had to flee because he was wielding a handgun and “ranting and raving,” Politico reports.

Officers wrote in their reports that Candice Parscale had “contusions” on her arms, forehead, and cheek, which she received “a few days ago during a physical altercation with Bradley, which she did not report.” Officers were able

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Florida man laid off during pandemic invents automatic shopping cart sanitizer

TAMPA, Florida — Shopping carts are one of the most touched items in a supermarket, often leaving its handles covered in bacteria. Now, a man is speaking with national supermarket chains after inventing a device to sanitize the carts.

“There’s been a lot of studies that have shown it’s almost one of the dirtiest things in a grocery store,” Adam Labadie told WFTS.

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Since then, he has spent his days working in his garage, making changes and tweaks to his invention, which is something he said would eliminate grocery store wipes with just the touch of a button.

His invention is designed to clean shopping carts and it’s known as “The Arch Cart Sanitizer.”

“So we’ll be sending out demos, free demos to grocers. Some in the northeast and some in south in about three weeks,” Labadie

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