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December 7, 2020; Salem Reporter and NPR “Planet Money”

If there are any among you who were seriously entertaining the concerns some have that people are grifting on unemployment benefits, consider this.

One reality of a downturn is that many jobless will use the “break” as an opportunity to start a business. So it is in Oregon, where business startups are rising each month. In October, 6,647 new business registrations were filed with the state—up 278 from the previous month and, probably more significantly, up 445 from the October before. This may seem odd, in that this is taking place amid record small business failures, b