With unemployment high, why can't companies find the workers they need?

Mar 17, 2021
There are many theories, including unemployment benefits being too high, a skills mismatch and low wages.
Businesses could attract more workers if they raised wages, one expert says. According to the National Federation Independent Business, that's starting to happen.
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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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The economy won't recover until hiring kicks back into gear

Feb 5, 2021
Job openings are back to where they were a year ago. But the labor market needs more to recover.
A restaurant displays a "Now Hiring" sign amid the coronavirus pandemic, on August 4, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.
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Amid persistent economic doldrums and widespread uncertainty, few companies entered 2021 with expansion in mind.
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What it’s like searching for and starting a new job during COVID-19

May 28, 2020
From taking a position at an Amazon warehouse, to interviewing in a face mask, to onboarding over Zoom, a survey of how people are finding and maintaining new jobs.
Amazon has hired more than 175,00 people during the pandemic. What's it like starting a new job there right now?
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As millions join unemployment rolls, some retailers are in a hurry to hire

Mar 27, 2020
A surge in demand during the pandemic has Amazon, Walmart, CVS and others scrambling to add thousands of new workers.
A global pandemic might seem like an odd time to hire a lot of new workers, but some companies need the extra hands.
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Some job openings aren't real. Here's why.

Nov 6, 2018
What the JOLTS report can tell us about the state of the labor market.
Job seekers arrive at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for The Opportunity Hiring Fair in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2017.
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