The job market's turbulent – and likely to remain that way

Nov 5, 2021
Between COVID, shifting policy, and "The Big Quit", it's hard to get a handle on how the employment picture's changing.
In August, job growth fell by two-thirds to just about 360,000, and September was not even at 200,000. The nature of the job market has been difficult to forecast.
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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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“I’ve never seen so many Help Wanted signs”

May 4, 2021
A view of the strong labor market in a rural Ohio town.
Dr. Scott Anzalone, a physician in Logan, Ohio, says tourists seeking rentals have injected cash into the local economy.
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Real-time proof the job market is recovering

Apr 30, 2021
But it could take more than a year to get back to pre-pandemic levels.
Job postings are strongest in sectors like driving, construction and warehousing.
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Weekly jobless claims are up, but other signs point to a recovering job market

Apr 1, 2021
The larger trend in jobless claims is down, while airline reservations and manufacturing work shifts are up.
Labor market indicators such as job postings and manufacturing work shifts have been improving.
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Fewer employers, less work spell trouble for job market

Dec 4, 2020
It's employees of small businesses who are most at risk, according to one payroll processor.
A pedestrian wearing her facemask and holding a cup of coffee walks past a closed sign hanging on the door of a small business in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2020.
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Fury over COVID-19 changes to university admittance in England

Aug 18, 2020
At first, a new COVID-19 system caused hundreds of thousands of entrance exam grades to be deflated.
Students hold signs as they take part in a protest march from Codsall Community High School to the office of Gavin Williamson, Britain's current education secretary, to demonstrate against the downgrading of university entrance exam results.
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Summer has arrived. Lots of summer jobs have not.

Jun 23, 2020
The pandemic has made it harder for younger workers to find seasonal jobs
Summer jobs, like those of camp counselors, will most likely be harder to come by this year.
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Economists expected more job losses. The economy added 2.5 million instead.

Jun 5, 2020
Chalk it up to parts of the economy reopening.
A Las Vegas restaurant tells potential patrons that it has reopened for dine-in business. Restaurants generated a healthy portion of May's job gains.
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What college seniors are losing in their last semester because of COVID-19

May 13, 2020
College seniors are faced with ending the biggest chapter of their lives so far and looking for a job during a global pandemic and record unemployment.
College seniors are graduating during an unprecedented time for the U.S. economy and job market.
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