Orders for big-ticket items are a rare economic bright spot. But many businesses that rely on in-person customers are hurting.
The decline in unemployment has slowed since an early rebound from the first wave of COVID-19 shutdowns.
It doesn't look good, considering the pandemic is still raging and there's no additional federal relief yet.
States that rely heavily on the in-person service sector are still facing high unemployment, while farm states are seeing lower jobless rates.
The pandemic is worsening the labor crunch in an industry that's been short-handed for years.
Service-sector jobs are coming back, but professionals who've been working from home are facing layoffs.
The owner of one fine-dining restaurant in California opened a new eatery during the pandemic as a takeout operation.
Ashley Nelson wasn’t forced to stop working, but she decided to anyway.
Neil Cairns, a bartender in Portland, Oregon says he'll just have to "hope for the best" as he faces reduced hours and the prospect of bar closures.
But there are budding efforts to give hourly workers in those fields more dependable hours.