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Is the virus still in control of the economy?

Feb 17, 2022
Recent numbers suggest this economy is increasingly shrugging its shoulders at the pandemic.
Consumers are reverting back to pre-pandemic habits, in terms of savings and spending. This could be a sign that the economy is learning to deal with COVID.
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Despite near-record high job openings, workers of color or those without higher education are still at a disadvantage in the job market.
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Omicron’s peak coincided with key week for jobs data

Feb 2, 2022
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' "reference week," used to calculate employment, included Jan. 12 — when omicron was at its worst.
Because people working in leisure and hospitality are less likely to receive paid sick time, they wouldn't show up on January payrolls if they were out sick with omicron during its peak.
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First-time jobless claims rise — and worse may be yet to come

Jan 20, 2022
Analysts say businesses are under pressure and economic confidence has suffered.
Jobless claims have risen alongside job insecurity and omicron is partially to blame. Above, a woman walks past a "Now Hiring" sign.
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Job market looks strong as 2021 ends. 2022 looks uncertain.

Dec 30, 2021
Weekly unemployment claims are still hovering at the lowest level we've seen since 1969.
Though first-time unemployment claims are at their lowest point in about 50 years, omicron could disrupt the job market.
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Unemployment is unavailable to many who lose jobs over vaccination rules

Nov 8, 2021
States are taking different paths on paying benefits to people who lose their jobs for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Employers from hospitals to meatpacking plants are pushing vaccination for their employees' and customers' safety. In some cases, the unjabbed have lost their jobs.
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A new recruitment-focused twist on an old festival in Stratford-upon-Avon

Nov 1, 2021
The English town, struggling with a labor shortage like many other parts of the world, revived an old local tradition to help solve the problem.
The mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon opens the Mop Fair.
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While still a long way from pre-pandemic days, the job market's making progress

Oct 14, 2021
The number of new jobless claims filed last week was the lowest since March of 2020.
A "Now Hiring" sign is posted in the window of a San Francisco FedEx store on Sep. 16. Last week was the first week with fewer than 300,000 initial unemployment claims since March 14, 2020.
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The Great Resignation continues in the U.S. workforce

Oct 12, 2021
A record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Women walk past by a "Now Hiring" sign in Arlington, Virginia, on Aug. 16. The most recent JOLTS report shows a high number of people leaving the workforce across multiple sectors.
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Unemployed workers aren't settling for any job offer that comes along

Oct 6, 2021
Many are demanding higher wages to return to the labor force. ADP reports private-sector employment rose strongly in September.
ADP reported that most new hires in September joined larger companies, which often pay more than small businesses.
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