When it comes to the booming job market, not all states are created equal

Jan 5, 2022
States that weren't hit as hard by the pandemic slowdown have already mostly recovered.
States that rely on tourism, like Hawaii, were among the hardest hit economically by COVID-19 but have had strong rebounds. Above, beachgoers in Honolulu.
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Recruiters and hiring platforms are having a busy but challenging time

Jan 4, 2022
They're facing the same labor market gap everyone else is. Employers need to sell themselves more than ever, one recruiter says.
With 11 million job openings and 7 million people searching work, employers are turning to recruiters and hiring sites to help fill worker shortages.
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New NYC law restricts hiring based on artificial intelligence

Dec 10, 2021
Employers won’t be allowed to use AI to screen job candidates unless the tech has gone through an audit to check for bias.
New York City follows Maryland and Illinois in implementing laws aimed at addressing algorithmic discrimination in hiring.
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Education hiring shows some strength in October

Dec 9, 2021
Many of the newer hires in Octobers filled support roles.
Education hiring still isn't at pre-pandemic levels, but it's still picking up at a faster pace than other areas.
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The restaurant industry preps for a winter with omicron

Dec 6, 2021
Spending is still down, prices are up and owners are worried about how the variant will affect business.
Amid the continued spread of the coronavirus, spending at restaurants is still below pre-pandemic levels.
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Small-business owners are struggling with their supply chains. But they're more optimistic.

Sep 14, 2021
The National Federation of Independent Business reports nearly half of small businesses surveyed raised prices in August.
Supply chain hiccups are translating into higher prices at small businesses, including some stores that sell eyewear.
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A record number of job openings, but only so-so on the hiring front

Sep 8, 2021
In some sectors, there aren’t enough job openings, like in construction, education and the arts. And in others, there are too many, like food servic
The number of hires has plateaued.
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Workers want better pay and incentives, and businesses are responding

Aug 18, 2021
The response, however, has led to a shift in the workforce where people are still leaving for even better-paying jobs. Small businesses are trying to keep up.
Many small businesses are realizing they have to compete with the amount of money people are receiving in unemployment benefits if they want to fill empty positions.
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States that dropped $300 weekly unemployment benefits didn't see hiring boost

Jul 28, 2021
A new study says vaccination rates are a bigger incentive to look for work than the loss of the weekly payments.
On average, unemployment benefits for laid-off workers are expected to be much less.
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Chocolate shop has plenty of business but not enough staff

Jul 23, 2021
Dean's Sweets in Portland, Maine, has had "crazy growth," but it's competing with other local businesses for employees.
The interior of Dean's Sweets in downtown Portland, Maine.
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