What caught my eye today: South Africa eases lockdown restrictions, unemployment during the pandemic, and oil price dynamics

South Africa opens for businesses against the backdrop of a lower number of Covid-19 cases. The economy has probably experienced a deep contraction in the second quarter of 2020:

https://www.ber.ac.za/BER%20Documents/BER-Weekly/?doctypeid=1082#12692

Measuring unemployment and labour force participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interesting throughout:

https://voxeu.org/article/measuring-unemployment-and-labour-force-participation-during-covid-19-pandemic

The CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis released its August projection for the Dutch Economy. It forecasts a drop in output of 5 percent in 2020 and an increase of 3 percent in 2021:

https://www.cpb.nl/en/august-projections-2020-2021

The oil price dynamics report of the New York Fed often contains interesting pieces of information:

https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/policy/oil_price_dynamics_report

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