Unemployment in the U.S. remains at a 50-year low, with the job market a main engine of economic growth in recent years. But that strength is now in jeopardy as companies take stock of the growing impact from the coronavirus pandemic. Already, some employers are responding to the health crisis by freezing new hires or cutting staff. The South by Southwest festival fired one-third of its staff in a “heartbreaking” decision after it canceled the annual event due to the coronavirus. Airlines such as Delta have announced hiring freezes to cope with a sudden drop in demand as travelers postpone trips due to fears of contracting the disease. After years of job growth, the coronavirus — declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday — is threatening what had been one of the strongest labor markets in decades. Through January, idled workers had rejoined the labor force as employers boosted wages. President Donald Trump boasted on Tuesday that his administration has brought about the “best unemployment numbers in the history of our Country.”  But in February, the coronavirus outbreak expanded beyond China and emerged in the U.S., causing consumers to cut back on travel and spending. One job expert


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