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The Backstory: The economy is booming. Food lines are growing. Our experts explain why both are true.

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Meghan Hullinger (center) poses with her four children. The single mother from West Virginia has struggled to find adequate child care during the pandemic. Any stimulus money would be used for a babysitter to stay with her kids .

I’m USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week. If you’d like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.

Economists this week shared some remarkably optimistic news: Even with the damage of the pandemic, the economy is expected to boom this year as coronavirus cases drop, business restrictions loosen and COVID-19 relief money juices growth. 

“The thing is, this was supposed to be a dark winter,” said economy reporter Paul Davidson, who reported the rosier outlook in a story published Tuesday. “We had obviously a really strong recovery in the third quarter. But then things really slowed down and this was expected to be a very rough period, largely because of the COVID surges.



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