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U.S. adds a strong 379,000 jobs in hopeful sign for economy

Mar 5, 2021
The February gain marked a sharp pickup from the 166,000 jobs that were added in January and a loss of 306,000 in December.
The February gain, however, represents just a fraction of the roughly 10 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic.
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Job postings tell two different stories of recovery so far

Mar 5, 2021
Job postings have rebounded for occupations in manufacturing and construction, but not in hospitality or travel.
Jed Kolko, an economist for the job site Indeed, said job postings are now about 6% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and "being above last year's baseline is certainly better than being below last year's, but it doesn’t mean things are back to normal."
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Manufacturing struggles to find enough workers to meet demand

Mar 4, 2021
There’s a skills mismatch between job openings and job seekers.
Tractor maker John Deere has unfilled openings in some locations, like much of the manufacturing sector.
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Hiring in a pandemic requires a different calculus

Jan 8, 2021
Small business owners are getting burned out making hiring and firing decisions while cash flow is weak and uncertainty reigns.
An employee stocks merchandise at a store in Glendale, California. Many businesses have reduced staffing as the pandemic reduced cash flow.
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Will companies choose to rehire laid-off employees or hire new ones?

Dec 23, 2020
When they're ready to start hiring, businesses have to consider costs and legal issues.
A flight attendant passes out refreshments. Airlines are among the industries that could rehire workers once pandemic relief is distributed.
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Small businesses are having a hard time hiring, despite high unemployment

Oct 9, 2020
Many furloughed workers are hoping to return to their old jobs.
A waitress folds silverware at a restaurant in Youngstown, Ohio, in September. Small businesses are having trouble hiring even though millions of Americans are out of work.
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Job gains don't paint a clear picture of the recovery

Oct 2, 2020
The jobs created in September obscure the fact that thousands were lost permanently and millions of people have stopped looking for work.
A restaurant displays a "Now Hiring" sign amid the coronavirus pandemic, on Aug. 4 in Arlington, Virginia.
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Diversity recruitment is booming, but retention remains a "huge issue"

Jul 17, 2020
For companies, hiring people of color is just the first step.
Employers need to support and advance people of color as well as hire them, says Arthur Woods of Mathison.
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Is two weeks' notice outdated?

Feb 11, 2020
The old standard is too long for some workers, but far too short for many employers.
Two weeks might not be enough notice for some employers to find a replacement in this tight job market.
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