“One of the biggest infusions was $600-a-week in extra unemployment payments to more than 20 million jobless Americans. That expired in mid-summer, and the amount of cash going out to laid-off workers cratered, according to Jay Shambaugh, an economist at George Washington University.

“‘It fell from $110 [billion] in July to $34 billion in September,’ he said. ‘So there’s this massive drop-off to the economy and also to the most vulnerable households…'”

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