WASHINGTON — A surge in hiring in the United States last month — 916,000 added jobs, the most since August — coincides with growing confidence that a blistering pace of job growth will continue as vaccinations increase and federal aid fuels economic growth. The most optimistic economists even predict that between now and year’s end, the nation could produce as many as 10 million more jobs and restore the labor market to its pre-pandemic level. Maybe so. Yet even in normal times, it would be hard to regain all those jobs so quickly. And these aren’t normal times. Many people who’ve been thrown out of the labor force remain fearful of the coronavirus and reluctant to take face-to-face service jobs. Millions of women are still caring for children attending school online — and can’t take jobs because they can’t find or afford child care. Extended unemployment aid has meant that some employers might have to pay more to attract workers, which they may feel unable to do. And some … [Read more...] about From child care to COVID, rising job market faces obstacles
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Employers in the U.S. posted 7.4 million open jobs in February, an indication that economic activity was ramping up well before the Biden administration’s stimulus plan was finalized or signed into law in March, data from the Department of Labor showed Tuesday. Economists had expected the pace of openings to fall. The consensus forecast was for 6.85 million compared with the initial report for January of 6.917 million. January was revised up to just over seven million job openings. This was the best level of openings since January 2019. January and February were the first time openings climbed above 7 million since the pandemic struck. In February, the number of hires edged up to 5.7 million. Hiring may have been held back in areas of the country that experienced an extreme cold snap and frozen conditions in February, particularly in Texas. The strongest region for hiring was the South. In February, the quits level and rate were little changed at 3.4 million and 2.3 … [Read more...] about Job Openings Surge Above 7 Million
Headhunters have indicated difficulties in finding jobs for former Trump Cabinet officials in the months since leaving their posts, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Recruiters who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Post that former President Trump Donald Trump Gaetz trip to Bahamas part of federal sex trafficking investigation: report Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' Biden to announce executive action on ghost guns, red flag laws MORE ’s significantly low approval rating upon leaving office, as well as being the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, has deterred companies from hiring former administration officials. The headhunters said that offering a board seat to someone associated with the Trump administration could trigger a revolt from customers, employees or shareholders. ADVERTISEMENT “Boards don’t need trouble or criticism,” one headhunter … [Read more...] about Headhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report
This time last year, thousands of Colorado servers, cooks and bartenders were laid off overnight as the state shut down restaurants indefinitely and braced for the spread of the novel coronavirus. Around 94,000 industry workers — a third of the state’s restaurant workforce — lost their jobs over the course of the next 12 months, according to the Colorado Restaurant Association, though those numbers are starting to rebound in 2021 . With restaurants continuing to reopen, expand seating capacities and serve alcohol (and food) later into the night, more workers are back on the front lines of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. They’re also next in line, as of mid-March, to be vaccinated. We caught up with a handful of hospitality professionals, from baristas to chefs and managers, to find out how they’re doing a year after one of the worst days in restaurant history. Some had one foot out the industry’s door, others had stepped away entirely, and still there were those who looked … [Read more...] about Wonder what it’s like working in a restaurant over the past year? 5 hospitality professionals share their experiences.
Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and author of the book " OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind ." Follow her on Twitter . The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN) If Postmaster General Louis DeJoy were working for a private business instead of a government agency, he'd have been fired a long time ago. He doesn't deserve his job, which was a partisan gift that he is using to damage the very institution he runs -- now and for years to come. Jill Filipovic On Tuesday, DeJoy unveiled his 10-year plan for the US Postal Service. The Washington Post said it would be "the largest rollback of consumer mail services in a generation," making them slower and more expensive. Some of the changes are both positive and overdue -- expanding package-sorting, while scaling back the use of increasingly irrelevant mail-sorting machines, for example. … [Read more...] about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy should be fired