Teachers have had to adapt to ever-changing work conditions throughout the pandemic.

The US is back to record-high employment, but the labor market looks nothing like it did in early 2020.
The couriers and messengers sector has seen employment surge during the pandemic.
Accommodation and nursing care facilities however are still scrambling just to get back to pre-crisis job numbers.

The US may be back to record employment, but it looksjobs look completely different from the pre-pandemic norm. 

Speculation over a new economic normal began the moment the economy slid into lockdowns in early 2020. Migrations out of cities, mass layoffs in the service industry, and the shift to remote work dramatically changed the labor market in a matter of weeks.

Some of those trends have since reversed course, with many workers returning to offices and services now leading the way in job creation. Yet the recovery from the coronavirus recession has been an uneven one, and the latest hiring trends uncover how the post-pandemic labor market will differ from those that came before it.

For starters, many in-person service sectors are still struggling to get back to the employment levels seen before the pandemic. Travel arrangement and reservation services are far from their pre-crisis job count, with employment still down around 31% from February 2020 levels as of August. Such businesses were battered throughout the pandemic as early lockdowns and subsequent virus variants paused travel for the better part of a year.

The slump in business travel also dragged on the sector’s hiring plans, and that deficit is likely to stick around, Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, told Insider.

“Remote work is permanently going to be higher than it was before the pandemic, so jobs in the office ecosystem and jobs related to commuting are going to be permanently lower,” she said.

Employment in coal mining is 17.7% below its pre-pandemic level. Daniel Zhao, lead economist at Glassdoor, told Insider that this highlights a long-term trend that existed before COVID as the US moves to cleaner sources of energy. 

The shift away from coal is “not something that has really been changed by COVID,” Zhao said. “If anything, maybe the pandemic has modestly slowed that just because of how high energy prices have been. But overall that’s a trend that I expect to continue regardless of how the pandemic continues to play out.”

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Source:: Business Insider


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