National Guard taps units for rapid response amid civil unrest in the U.S.
The National Guard has deployed military police units to two states for rapid response in case riots or violent protests occur, according to the AP.
Military leaders do not directly tie to this recent change to the current political climate, but with the unrest around the presidential campaigns they do not want to take any chances.
About 600 troops, 300 each in Alabama and Arizona, will be ready to deploy within 24 hours if a governor in another state requests them.
Secretary Ryan McCarty said the only problem with this is how quickly they can be deployed with the appropriate training and understanding of the task at hand.
The Guard will only be used if it is extremely necessary, but the government wants to be prepared regardless of any situation that may arise.
U.S. unemployment drops to 7.9% but hiring slows pre-election
In September, the U.S. unemployment dropped from 8.4% to 7.9%, according to the AP.
Drew Matus, an economist at MetLife Investment Management, said there just “seems to be a worrisome loss of momentum and there’s a lot of caution on the part of employers.”
With September’s hiring gain, the economy is beginning to recover from the large amount of job losses the COVID-19 outbreak caused, but many industries, including travel and tourism, are still continuing to slump.
The number of laid-off workers whose jobs are gone permanently rose to 3.8 million from 3.4 million.
The September job report showed there were more women than men who were leaving the workforce to stay home and help their kids with remote learning.
NFL reschedules Steelers-Titans after first game was postponed by a COVID-19 outbreak
The Tennessee Titans have rescheduled their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first game was postponed, according to the AP.
The rescheduling forced the NFL to postpone Tennessee’s game from Oct. 25, giving the Steelers an unplanned bye.
The Steelers will play Baltimore on Nov. 1 with the Ravens’ bye moved up one week.
The NFL and the players’ union agreed to continue daily testing, including bye weeks, for the foreseeable future to be ahead of the outbreaks.