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Federal Jobs Numbers Show 30+ Million Have Filed for Unemployment

Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of Labor released job numbers that show 3.8 new filings this week. The number marks a drop for the third week, but now more than 30 million have filed in the past 6 weeks.

DOL reports:

In the week ending April 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,839,000, a decrease of 603,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 15,000 from 4,427,000 to 4,442,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,033,250, a decrease of 757,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 3,750 from 5,786,500 to 5,790,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 12.4 percent for the week ending April 18, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the previous week’s revised rate. This marks the highest level of the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous week’s rate was revised down by 0.1 from 11.0 to 10.9 percent. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending April 18 was 17,992,000, an increase of 2,174,000 from the previous week’s revised level.

This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted insured unemployment in the history of the seasonally adjusted series. The previous week’s level was revised down by 158,000 from 15,976,000 to 15,818,000. The 4-week moving average was 13,292,500, an increase of 3,733,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 39,000 from 9,598,250 to 9,559,250. 



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Married At First Sight’s Nasser Sultan lands a surprising new gig

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He’s back! Married At First Sight’s Nasser Sultan lands surprising new gig as he returns to television

He’s the former Married At First Sight star who has made a name for himself chasing reality TV fame. 

And on Tuesday, Nasser Sultan, 52, landed a new television gig which will see the controversial reality star host his own talk show, Dab or Fab! 

Sharing exclusive behind the scenes photos, Nasser was seen getting his makeup and hair styled ahead of his return to television.

He's back! Married at First Sight's Nasser Sultan, 52, (pictured) has landed himself a surprising new gig hosting new series television series called Dab or Fab!

He’s back! Married at First Sight’s Nasser Sultan, 52, (pictured) has landed himself a surprising new gig hosting new series television series called Dab or Fab!

In the photos, he is seen wearing a Niall Horan shirt while he chatted to the hair and makeup team.

Another photo shows the star sitting on a red lounge on the Sydney set.

While it’s unclear if the show will be picked up by any Australian television networks, Nasser tells Daily Mail Australia his show ‘will air in Belgium, Italy and the UK’. 

Glam: Sharing exclusive behind the scenes photos, Nasser was seen getting his makeup and hair styled ahead of his return to the limelight

Glam: Sharing exclusive behind the scenes photos, Nasser was seen getting his makeup and hair styled ahead of his return to the limelight

‘It’s raw and no scripted stuff,’ he explained while he teased the project.

The new series will see Nasser, who failed find love on reality TV, join two co-hosts each week while they discuss and debate trending topics. 

Earlier this month, Nasser shared a photo of his blink-and-you-will-miss-it moment he appeared on Channel 10’s Bondi Rescue where he was seen going for a surf.

Coming soon: While it's unclear if the show will be picked up by any Australian television networks, Nasser tells Daily Mail Australia his show 'will air in Belgium, Italy and the UK'

Coming soon: While it’s unclear if the show will be picked up by any Australian television networks, Nasser tells Daily Mail Australia his show ‘will air in Belgium, Italy and the UK’

‘Let’s just add this to the list of TV appearances shall we? Bondi Rescue – the only way is up now,’ Nasser wrote in the caption.

He shared a photo of himself dressed up in a rescue uniform – the iconic yellow and red cap and rash shirt 

In the past, the part-time personal trainer has often been spotted at Bondi Beach enjoying the sun and surf. 

Nasser rose to fame in the fifth season of Married At First Sight. He was ‘married’ to Gabrielle Bartlett, but they called it quits before the finale. 

He was happy! The 52-year-old proudly shared a slightly blurry photo of his brief moment on the program in which he was seen going for a surf

'A celebrity's work is never done': Back in December, Nasser revealed to his fans that he would be appearing on Bondi Rescue

He was happy! The 52-year-old proudly shared a slightly blurry photo of his brief moment on the program in which he was seen going for a surf 

Rise to fame: Nasser starred in the fifth season of Married At First Sight. He was married to Gabrielle Bartlett (pictured), but they called it quits before the finale

Rise to fame: Nasser starred in the fifth season of Married At First Sight. He was married to Gabrielle Bartlett (pictured), but they called it quits before the finale

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Meghan Markle books first public speaking gig since leaving the Royal Family

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Meghan and Harry are moving closer to their goal of financial independence, with the Duchess of Sussex set to take the stage for her first public speaking job since leaving the Royal Family.

Meghan is appearing as the special guest speaker at a summit for the Girl Up campaign alongside an impressive lineup of famous faces, including former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Girl Up has a presence in 120 countries and works to “empower women and inspire them to get involved in social change.”

“The present is female! But don’t take our word for it. Hear Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex’s advice for global girls leaders when she takes the stage at the 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit, happening virtually July 13-15!” read a tweet by the organisation.

Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter told Sunrise the event was “significant” as it is “setting the stage for the type of work Meghan is going to want to do moving forwards.”

“This is an opportunity to launch herself as a philanthropist and as an authority on this topic on this side of the atlantic,” she said.

“I think we’re going to see a lot more of this going forwards.”

Royal Paycheck

It’s unknown whether the Duchess is being paid for the appearance, with rumours she is waiving a paycheck and using the gig as a platform to promote herself for a spot in the elite speakers stable.

Arbiter says Los Angeles based Harry and Meghan are in hot demand in the United States and could rake in mouth-watering amounts of cash.

“Let’s take an event in the future in which she could be paid… a number of experts in the field have said that individually Harry or Meghan could command upwards of $500,000 for an appearance,” Arbiter said.

“If they appear at something together, they could be looking at $1,000,000.”

“If Harry and Meghan want to maintain their lifestyle then they’re going to need to make some significant money moving forwards, and public speaking is the most lucrative way to do that.”

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Fox Sports inks Greg Olsen to future NFL game analyst gig

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The frenzied NFL TV free-agency market continues to move as Fox Sports has signed All-Pro tight end Greg Olsen to be its future No. 2 NFL game analyst, The Post has learned.

The contract will make Olsen the partner for Kevin Burkhardt after Olsen retires from the NFL. Olsen, 35, was going to leave the game for Fox after last season, but a $7 million contract and a chance to play with Russell Wilson made him change his mind to go to Seattle.

Even after Olsen inked his deal with the Seahawks, Fox Sports executives continued to make a run at him for this season, but will have to settle for after he plays his final game.

If Olsen were to decide to continue playing after this year, Fox would wait for him, according to sources.

The move to think ahead is similar to what NBC has done with Drew Brees. The Post previously reported that Brees has a deal with the network after his retirement from the Saints to call Notre Dame games and work NBC’s Sunday night NFL studio show with the chance to one day succeed Cris Collinsworth in the booth.

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Greg Olsen will join Fox Sports when his NFL career is over.Getty Images

In other big moves this offseason, Tony Romo re-signed with CBS for 10 years and $180 million in total value, while Fox’s former No. 2, Charles Davis, jumped to CBS to team with Ian Eagle on that network’s second game of each week. Davis replaced Dan Fouts, whom CBS chose not to re-sign.

For this year, the gap year between Davis’ departure and Olsen’s potential start, Fox has tapped Daryl (Moose) Johnston, a former No. 2 with the network, to be Burkhardt’s partner on its second game. Fox does have an extra playoff game this year. Johnston has been informed that Olsen is in the on-deck circle.

Johnston has been with the network since 2001. Last year, he worked with Chris Myers. Among others, Fox considered moving Brock Huard from the college game into the No. 2 slot, according to sources.

While Fox and NBC have made future plans, ESPN remains unsettled on what it will do for this year for its Monday Night booth as it waits to see if college football is played or not.

If there is no college football this fall, then the network would likely shift its National Championship-calling duo of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit to the NFL for this year.

If there are college games, then Herbstreit could be the analyst for ESPN’s top college game on Saturdays and the NFL on Mondays. This is not a done deal and ESPN is considering Louis Riddick, Brian Griese and Dan Orlovsky, as well.

Steve Levy is the leading candidate to be the play-by-player on “Monday Night Football” if Fowler is occupied with the college game.

All of the broadcasting moves have been made this year as the networks ramp up for the forthcoming negotiations with the NFL for the next TV rights. ESPN/Disney/ABC had its eyes on Romo to help gain traction for a Super Bowl run. It also tried to sign Brees before he opted for NBC.

Now, Olsen is off the board. He was impressive last year doing a Giants game. He also did his homework while teaming with Burkhardt on the XFL.

He will start out behind Troy Aikman on Fox’s depth chart. Aikman currently is the lead game analyst on Sundays and Thursday nights.

Olsen makes Fox more contemporary, which is important to NFL executives. He has shown he has potential to be very good.


Clicker Books: Papa Clicker weighs in on longtime Mets media relations whiz Jay Horwitz’s book, “Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers.” While Horwitz has done his PR thing, gaining a lot of publicity for his book, the Papa Clicker seal of approval is very important. Papa Clicker recommends it for Mets fans who want a trip through memory lane of Horowitz’s dream job. The book receives 4 out of 5 clickers.

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