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Michael Newell of Tallahassee is one of the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who has lost his job amid the workplace shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the virus that causes the sometimes deadly Covid-19 respiratory disease. [BOBBY CAINA CALVAN  |  AP]
Nationwide the number of laid-off workers who applied for unemployment benefits dropped by 219,000 last week. Florida saw 169,885 new claims.
Earlier today• Business
At least five insurers have announced plans to cut rates temporarily through discounts or refunds.
Yesterday• Business
Local businesses shut down by coronavirus wonder how long they’ll be able to keep paying their rent as money dries up.
Yesterday• Business
The Tampa Bay Times annual ranking begins its second decade
Apr. 3• Business

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  1. Tampa-based Whitney Transport hauls bulk materials to construction sites. [Courtesy of Whitney Transport.]
  2. Washington, D.C. company BreakingT created this T-shirt picturing new Buccaneer Tom Brady as the Bucs' old logo Bucco Bruce. Through a family connection to the company, Tampa sports bar and restaurant Social House is receiving a portion of the proceeds from sales of this shirt. The proceeds will go to Social House employees that have been laid off as a result of the service industry's shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. [Social House via BreakingT]
  3. Lara Goldstein (middle, with Heather Meglino and Jennifer Petrash) graduated from the University of South Florida in 2008 and found work quickly. But after a year, her freelance production work dried up. [Courtesy of Lara Goldstein]
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  5. Jill Castle, the costume shop manager at American Stage in St. Petersburg, shows off a face mask she created in their costume department as part of American Stage's video tutorial on how to make your own face masks. [Screengrab from American Stage]
  6. Michael Newell of Tallahassee is one of the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who has lost his job amid the workplace shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the virus that causes the sometimes deadly Covid-19 respiratory disease. [BOBBY CAINA CALVAN  |  AP]
  7. The landlord for Rasmussen College sold its Land O' Lakes site at State Road 54 near Sunlake Boulevard to Baycare Health Systems in January. [C.T. Bowen]
  8. Brian Signore, owner of Foolish Pride Tattoo Company, poses for a portrait outside the parlor on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Clearwater.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  9. Auto insurers cut rates as customers drive less and file fewer claims. Pictured is traffic along U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park March 11. [Chris Urso | Times] [CHRIS URSO   |  Times]
  10. Hayes Florist owners Diane and Mike Cherry have tried to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program relief loan through Wells Fargo, where they do their banking, but have not even been able to access an application. "A complete disaster," Mike Cherry said. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  11. A worker gets a thumbs up as he hands out paper unemployment applications on Tuesday in Hialeah. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that the state's heavily criticized unemployment system should now be able to handle the crush of applicants it is receiving because of the coronavirus outbreak. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  12. The Goodwill 34th Street Superstore, 2550 34th St N, on Dec. 19, 2019, in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Victor Becerra, shown at work last year, is one of 28 employees at Express Trailers in Clearwater. The company is trying to apply for a federal Paycheck Protection loan, but its bank, Wells Fargo, has capped the amount of money it will lend through the program. JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times (2019) ["JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Coronavirus pandemic continues to push down Florida gas prices. Pictured is a man filling up gas in St. Petersburg in 2017. [Dirk Shadd | Times (2017)] [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  3. Spectrum’s parent, Charter Communications, will raise minimum wage to $20 per hour by 2022. Pictured are Spectrum service vehicles. [Courtesy of Spectrum, 2018] [MALENA CAROLLO  |  Spectrum]
  4. Video Producer/Editor Mike Fitzer films a virtual Easter service with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), at the denomination's headquarters in Kentucky. [Kathy Francis]
  5. Charter boat captain Tom Campbell says the current pandemic cost him 28 charters alone in the month of March. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  6. More Americans are dipping into their savings due to the coronavirus crisis. [Associated Press]
  7. Andrea Trout, 47, with her two children, Evelyn Trout, 14, and Westley Trout, 12, outside their home. She was furloughed from her job as assistant general manager at the Harbour Island Athletic Club. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  8. [Associated Press (2013)] [SUSAN WALSH  |  AP]
  9. Customers come and go from the Publix store at 1075 South Pasadena Avenue, South Pasadena, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TIMES]
  10. Pete's General is at 495 Seventh Ave. N in St. Petersburg. (Google street view) [Google street view]
  11. Monica Wilson registers a recipient of food with Feeding Tampa Bay and the Community Food Pantry on April 1 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  12. [Getty Images] [Getty Images]
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