Schools Are Seeing Shortages of Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers and Other Essential Roles

Just weeks into the new year, schools are struggling to fill jobs. Low pay, few benefits and erratic schedules are keeping workers away.

#buses, #cafeterias, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #labor-and-jobs, #san-antonio-tex, #shortages, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries

Poverty in the U.S. Declined Thanks to Government Aid, Census Report Shows

Taking into account government benefits, a smaller share of the population was living in poverty in 2020 even as the pandemic eliminated millions of jobs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Rescue the System That Rescues Our Workers

The structure of unemployment insurance is broken and does little to help those who pay into it.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #taxation, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #welfare-us

The U.K. Prepared for a Jobs Crisis, but Got the Unexpected

Instead of a surge in unemployment, businesses are struggling to fill positions, presenting a new risk to the pandemic recovery.

#bank-of-england, #coaches-and-managers, #employment-agencies, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shortages, #unemployment

Mike Bloomberg: New York City Can Recover

How the next mayor could build a better, safer city after the pandemic. 

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #new-york-city, #september-11-2001, #unemployment, #wall-street-manhattan-ny

800,000 New Yorkers Just Lost Federal Unemployment Benefits

Many pandemic-era federal programs expired on Sunday, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #hochul-kathleen-c, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

What Happens When the Covid Relief Ends?

The pandemic hasn’t ended; the rescue programs have.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-aid-us, #internal-sub-only, #international-trade-and-world-market, #unemployment

Your Finances Took a Hit From the Pandemic. Here’s What You Do Now.

Find someone wiser than you, check your credit report and taxes, and stop catastrophizing. This is how you can do it.

#anderson-stephen-lee, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #content-type-service, #credit-scores, #finances, #labor-and-jobs, #personal-finances, #retirement, #unemployment

August Jobs Report is Concerning News for Fed

The Federal Reserve and White House had hoped for strong job gains, and the August report did not deliver. That makes coming numbers critical.

#federal-reserve-system, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #powell-jerome-h, #quantitative-easing, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment

The End of Unemployment Benefits Can Push People Back to Work

Job seekers are more likely to accept an offer when their extra federal jobless benefits expire.

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August 2021 Jobs Report: Employers Added Only 235,000 Jobs

The Labor Department report indicates that the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has hampered hiring.

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Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #pennsylvania, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government

India’s Economic Figures Belie Covid-19’s Toll

Strong results compared with last year’s performance mask lingering weaknesses that could hold back needed job creation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gross-domestic-product, #india, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #unemployment, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Pandemic Is Testing the Federal Reserve’s New Policy Plan

Year 1 of the Fed’s framework, unveiled at its Jackson Hole conference in 2020, has included high inflation and job market healing. Now comes the hard part.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-reserve-system, #government-bonds, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #powell-jerome-h, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

How Not to Create Jobs

Punishing the unemployed doesn’t accomplish very much.

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New York City’s Economy Is Dealt a New Blow by the Delta Variant

The Delta variant has upended events, office reopenings and travel, raising new challenges for service businesses and their workers.

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Cutting off jobless benefits early may have hurt state economies.

Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #federal-aid-us, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #research, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

He Stayed Afloat Selling $3 Tacos. Now He Faces $2,000 in Fines.

People who lost jobs in the pandemic began to peddle food and wares to survive, but New York City is starting to crack down on unlicensed vendors.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #illegal-immigration, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #street-vendors-non-food, #unemployment

Wall Street Splashes Cash on Junior Bankers

A rise in starting salaries could help counter burnout but pandemic precautions might become a more important differentiator.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #federal-budget-us, #labor-and-jobs, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

This Is the Job Market We’ve Been Waiting For

The new monthly numbers show job growth not seen in recoveries from the previous three recessions.

#labor-and-jobs, #part-time-employment, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

Building back better means hiring more workers skilled through alternative routes

When I first came to the United States from the Dominican Republic, nobody wanted to hire me for a job in tech.

Rather than recognize the skills I possessed, employers could only see my still-developing English and my lack of a college degree. They failed to take into account my years of experience working with technology and electronics because the route I had taken was too unfamiliar.

It’s a situation all too common for the more than 70 million workers in the U.S. who are skilled through alternative routes (STAR) — especially for the 13.5 million Hispanic STAR workers like me out there today. If the employers who are struggling to fill open tech roles want to overcome the growing “skills gap,” then it’s a situation that must change.

When I arrived in the U.S., I applied to countless IT jobs, from customer service to computer repair. Every company rejected me before they even gave me the chance to show what I could do. Had employers taken the time to talk to me, they would have learned I started fixing my neighbors’ phones and computers at the age of 12, and that I had already sailed through a series of computer classes on networking, basic coding, cybersecurity, scripting and computer repairs.

About 31 million workers — including millions of Hispanic workers — possess skills that qualify them for higher-paying roles they are never considered for.

Even as I continued to learn English and mastered coding and cybersecurity concepts, companies failed to recognize what I could bring to the table. My background was too unfamiliar to make it past most employment filters that relied on degree requirements. I was often screened out of the hiring process before showcasing my talents, and I faced the biases of hiring managers who weren’t used to candidates like me. I could only get cleaning jobs or work at factories and fast food restaurants — places where I felt all my skills were going to waste.

I ended up getting lucky, and thanks to mentoring and hiring support through a follow-on to President Obama’s TechHire Initiative, doors began to open. After years of struggling, I could finally get my foot in the door, meet hiring managers and showcase my skills. I am now working as a cybersecurity associate, but my career could have begun much earlier.

Sadly, this story is a familiar one for far too many STAR workers, especially Hispanic people. Many of them aren’t as lucky as I am.

The statistics are sobering. About 31 million workers — including millions of Hispanic workers — possess skills that qualify them for higher-paying roles they are never considered for. Recent research shows, for instance, that there are 114,000 Hispanic workers employed as food and hospitality service managers, who have the skills to transition to similarly skilled jobs as community and social services managers, where wages are nearly 50% higher.

Hispanic STAR workers are also less likely to transition to higher-wage jobs than their white counterparts, and even when they are able to make such a transition, they are compensated less for their skills.

Employers must begin building more promising pathways that are accessible to all workers. The need for this shift has only grown over the last year as the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted Hispanic and Latino communities. Hispanic or Latino workers accounted for nearly one-quarter of the pandemic’s initial job losses. Even as the economy continues to slowly recover, the unemployment rate for those workers sits at 8.6%, compared with 5.7% for white workers. The fallout has been especially pronounced among Hispanic and Latina women. In December, they accounted for 45% of all job losses.

All this is happening while employers say they are struggling to find workers to fill open positions, even as millions remain unemployed and job postings have begun to return to pre-pandemic levels. The narrative around skills gaps continue to be perpetuated by employers, and they may have worsened during the COVID-19 crisis. These gaps are expected to cost the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion over the following decade, but most of these gaps aren’t actually real. They’re just the consequence of employers ignoring workers who learned their skills through alternative routes.

By rethinking hiring barriers like degree requirements, employers can more easily find job-ready talent and improve diversity at the same time. Such shifts can lead to even more systemic change down the road.

My success doesn’t end with me, as there is a multiplier effect to hiring STAR workers. Now that I have a strong foothold in the industry, I am able to help other members of my community. I formed an organization called Rhode Island Group for Hispanic Technology (RIGHT) to provide training in basic computing, coding, cybersecurity and digital literacy — all in Spanish.

If America is going to build back better, employers need to seek out and hire more workers who are skilled through alternate routes. They must begin to look beyond the traditional signals of employability and expand their understanding of what makes a good employee. Those who fail to do so will continue to miss out on the more than 13 million talented Hispanic STAR workers like me.

#column, #diversity, #economy, #employment, #hiring, #hispanic, #labor, #obama, #opinion, #tc, #unemployment, #united-states

Is the US labor shortage the big break AI needs?

The tectonic shifts to American culture and society due to the pandemic are far from over. One of the more glaring ones is that the U.S. labor market is going absolutely haywire.

Millions are unemployed, yet companies — from retail to customer service to airlines — can’t find enough workers. This perplexing paradox behind Uber price surges and waiting on an endless hold because your flight was canceled isn’t just inconvenient — it’s a loud and clear message from the post-pandemic American workforce. Many are underpaid, undervalued and underwhelmed in their current jobs, and are willing to change careers or walk away from certain types of work for good.

It’s worth noting that low-wage workers aren’t the only ones putting their foot down; white-collar quits are also at an all-time high. Extended unemployment benefits implemented during the pandemic may be keeping some workers on the sidelines, but employee burnout and job dissatisfaction are also primary culprits.

We have a wage problem and an employee satisfaction problem, and Congress has a long summer ahead of it to attempt to find a solution. But what are companies supposed to do in the meantime?

Adopting AI in manufacturing accelerated during the pandemic to deal with volatility in the supply chain, but now it must move from “pilot purgatory” to widespread implementation.

At this particular moment, businesses need a stopgap solution either until September, when COVID-19 relief and unemployment benefits are earmarked to expire, or something longer term and more durable that not only keeps the engine running but propels the ship forward. Adopting AI can be the key to both.

Declaring that we’re on the precipice of an AI awakening is probably nowhere near the most shocking thing you’ve read this year. But just a few short years ago, it would have frightened a vast number of people, as advances in automation and AI began to transform from a distant idea into a very personal reality. People were (and some holdouts remain) genuinely worried about losing their job, their lifeline, with visions of robots and virtual agents taking over.

But does this “AI takes jobs” storyline hold up in the cultural and economic moment we’re in?

Is AI really taking jobs if no one actually likes those jobs?

If this “labor shortage” unveils any silver lining, it’s our real-world version of the Sorting Hat. When you take money out of the equation on the question of employment, it’s opening our eyes to what work people find desirable and, more evidently, what’s not. Specifically, the manufacturing, retail and service industries are taking the hardest labor hits, underscoring that tasks associated with those jobs — repetitive duties, unrewarding customer service tasks and physical labor — are driving more and more potential workers away.

Adopting AI in manufacturing accelerated during the pandemic to deal with volatility in the supply chain, but now it must move from “pilot purgatory” to widespread implementation. The best use cases for AI in this industry are ones that help with supply chain optimization, including quality inspection, general supply chain management and risk/inventory management.

Most critically, AI can predict when equipment might fail or break, reducing costs and downtime to almost zero. Industry leaders believe that AI is not only beneficial for business continuity but that it can augment the work and efficiency of existing employees rather than displace them. AI can assist employees by providing real-time guidance and training, flagging safety hazards, and freeing them up to do less repetitive, low-skilled work by taking on such tasks itself, such as detecting potential assembly line defects.

In the manufacturing industry, this current labor shortage is not a new phenomenon. The industry has been facing a perception problem in the U.S. for a long time, mainly because young workers think manufacturers are “low tech” and low paying. AI can make existing jobs more attractive and directly lead to a better bottom line while also creating new roles for companies that attract subject-matter talent and expertise.

In the retail and service industries, arduous customer service tasks and low pay are leading many employees to walk out the door. Those that are still sticking it out have their hands tied because of their benefits, even though they are unhappy with the work. Conversational AI, which is AI that can interact with people in a human-like manner by leveraging natural language processing and machine learning, can relieve employees of many of the more monotonous customer experience interactions so they can take on roles focused on elevating retail and service brands with more cerebral, thoughtful human input.

Many retail and service companies adopted scripted chatbots during the pandemic to help with the large online volumes only to realize that chatbots operate on a fixed decision tree — meaning if you ask something out of context, the whole customer service process breaks down. Advanced conversational AI technologies are modeled on the human brain. They even learn as they go, getting more skilled over time, presenting a solution that saves retail and service employees from the mundane while boosting customer satisfaction and revenue.

Hesitancy and misconceptions about AI in the workplace have long been a barrier to widespread adoption — but companies experiencing labor shortages should consider where it can make their employees’ lives better and easier, which can only be a benefit for bottom-line growth. And it might just be the big break that AI needs.

#artificial-intelligence, #column, #employment, #labor, #machine-learning, #manufacturing, #natural-language-processing, #opinion, #retail, #supply-chain, #unemployment

A Diamond Rush in South Africa, Born of Desperation and Distrust

When rumors of a diamond find hit social media, thousands of jobless South Africans rushed to a sleepy village. The government’s claim that the discovery was actually quartz was met with suspicion.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diamonds, #labor-and-jobs, #south-africa, #unemployment

June Jobs Report Shows an 850,000 Gain, Better Than Expected

The Labor Department data follows several promising signs about the economic outlook.

#bureau-of-labor-statistics, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Americans Are Retiring Earlier Because of Pandemic

After years in which Americans worked later in life, the latest economic disruption has driven many out of the work force prematurely.

#baby-boomers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #personal-finances, #retirement, #social-security-us, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

A Covid Epicenter Hustles Back to Life: ‘What You See, It’s Survival’

The neighborhoods in Queens that reeled during the pandemic are buzzing. But recovery feels very far away.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evictions, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #queens-nyc, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment

Where Jobless Benefits Were Cut, Jobs Are Still Hard to Fill

Missouri scrapped federal pay to the unemployed, saying it kept people out of the labor market. But so far, workers still seem to be choosy.

#employment-agencies, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #missouri, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

New York Faces Lasting Economic Toll Even as Pandemic Passes

The city’s prosperity is heavily dependent on patterns of work and travel that may be irreversibly altered.

#commuting, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #real-estate-commercial, #travel-and-vacations, #unemployment

‘I Quit My Job’ Is a Signal of Economic Recovery

With new opportunities and a different perspective as the pandemic eases, workers are choosing to leave their jobs in record numbers.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

To Fill Millions of Open Jobs, Many Workers Need More Than Skills

Helping people land good jobs with career paths takes more than skills training, labor experts say. Coaching, mentoring and other assistance are also needed.

#careers-and-professions, #coaches-and-managers, #goodwill-industries, #google-inc, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #markle-foundation, #microsoft-corp, #per-scholas-inc, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #vocational-training

How to Keep the Economy Booming — And Meet the Demand for Workers

Rising demand must be met by rising supply.

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Workers Are Gaining Leverage Over Employers Right Before Our Eyes

“Employers are becoming much more cognizant that yes, it’s about money, but also about quality of life.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #shortages, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries

Federal Unemployment Aid Is Now a Political Lightning Rod

Republican-led states are cutting off relief months ahead of schedule, citing openings aplenty. Some jobless workers face hardships and tough choices.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

Biden Says Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Will Expire Soon

As Republicans blame enhanced unemployment insurance for slower-than-expected job gains, the White House stresses that the benefit will expire in September as planned.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-reserve-system, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Was the Jobs Report Good? It’s in the Eye of the Beholder.

With Americans divided over who bears credit for the economic recovery, we spoke with our reporter Ben Casselman about the latest job numbers.

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The Jobs Report Shows Why Some Unemployment Is Here to Stay

The unemployed and potential employers are like single people at a giant mixer — there are opportunities, but most won’t find the perfect match right away.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

May 2021 Jobs Report: U.S. Adds 559,000 to Payrolls

Many employers report having trouble finding applicants. Economists say the labor market may simply need time to get sorted out.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Hot Vax Summer Is Looking Lukewarm

The latest jobs report suggests that getting the economy back up to speed is not going to be effortless.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #labor-and-jobs, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Wage Growth Is Holding Up in Aftermath of the Economic Crash

The pay increases are giving Democrats a bragging point. But it comes with risks: Gains could fade, or spark quicker price inflation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-reserve-bank-of-atlanta, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #savings, #service-industries, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

How to Track the United States’ Economic Recovery

The ebbing of the pandemic has brought price increases, supply bottlenecks and labor shortages. Key indicators will show whether it’s just a stage.

#consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #part-time-employment, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Here Are The 5 Ways to Track the United States’ Economic Recovery

The ebbing of the pandemic has brought price increases, supply bottlenecks and labor shortages. Key indicators will show whether it’s just a stage.

#consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #part-time-employment, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Why Was the ‘She-cession’ Worse in the U.S. Than Germany?

Millions of women were forced to quit or downsize their careers, but lack of child care was only one factor. One study found that several other policies also had a significant impact on their employment losses.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #national-bureau-of-economic-research, #unemployment, #women-and-girls

Here’s One Thing Missing from President Biden’s Budget: Booming Growth

For all the administration’s focus on transformational policies, it’s not forecasting an outburst of economic potential.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

One Thing Missing From the Biden Budget: Booming Growth

For all the administration’s focus on transformational policies, it’s not forecasting an outburst of economic potential.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-budget-us, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Low-Income Renters Who Fell Behind Face Staggering Debts

An analysis of New York renters in affordable housing found that the share of households owing more than $10,000 in arrears more than doubled, a year after the pandemic.

#affordable-housing, #black-people, #evictions, #landlords, #new-york-university, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #unemployment

New York City’s Reopening Spurs Hiring Push

With restaurants leading the way, the New York job market is beginning to recover, but the pace is modest.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #new-school, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment

Unemployment Job Search Requirements Return. Is It Too Soon?

The requirement, eased because of the pandemic, is being reimposed. Some say it presents an undue hardship.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #republican-party, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

Panicking About That Jobs Report? Breathe. Look at the Data.

Federal unemployment benefits are an unlikely reason for the underwhelming April jobs numbers.

#labor-and-jobs, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

In Reversal, Retirements Increased During the Pandemic

Job losses, rather than rising asset values, seem to be the main cause in upending a decades-long trend.

#age-chronological, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #retirement, #unemployment

Luring Labor as a Beach Economy Booms

Restaurants are cutting lunch hours and gas stations are paying signing bonuses as a beach town’s boom serves as a possible preview to the nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #foreign-workers, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #rehoboth-beach-del, #shortages, #summer-season, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries