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With many industries slowed by labor shortages, companies have been jacking up wages to try to attract job applicants and retain their existing employees. Even so, pay raises haven’t kept pace with the spike in consumer prices.
In some cases, workers say rising costs—and the inability to keep up while on a fixed income—are factoring heavily into their decisions.
Wages also rose sharply, a sign that companies are competing fiercely to fill their open jobs. A record-high wave of quitting, as many workers seek better jobs, is also fueling pay raises.
Employers hired 6.7 million people in November, up from 6.5 million in October, the Labor Department reported Tuesday in its monthly Jobs Openings and Labor Turnover Survey.
Businesses that had been in COVID-19 lockdown mode for a year suddenly needed lots of employees to flip burgers, stock shelves and sell merchandise. Customers were back after restrictions were lifted and thousands of people were getting vaccinated.
The figures point to a historic level of turmoil in the job market as newly-empowered workers quit jobs to take higher pay that is being dangled by businesses in need of help.
A new report illustrates how the pandemic imposed a heavy toll on working women. It found one in three women over the past year had thought about leaving their jobs or “downshifting” their careers.
After two disappointing months of hiring, a key question overhanging Friday’s U.S. jobs report for October will be whether companies found more success this time in filling millions of open positions.
A not-for-profit workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Ascend Indiana is revamping the Ascend Network to better connect job seekers to career pathways and expand services to help bridge gaps in workforce needs.
Starbucks’ North America President Rossann Williams said the pay raises not only support workers but will enhance recruitment efforts in a challenging labor market. The company said it’s the third time in 24 months that it has raised workers’ pay.
To an extent that has surprised economists, many people who lost or quit their jobs during the pandemic recession have yet to look for work again despite a robust economic rebound that has left many employers desperate to hire.
Mantech International, a Virginia-based defense contractor with a burgeoning presence in Indiana, says a partnership with Purdue University’s online-learning division has helped the company grow its Indiana workforce.
About 100,000 seasonal workers will be hired nationwide, the retailer said Thursday, about 30,000 less than last year. Many of those workers will be offered jobs beyond the holiday season.
The numbers are staggering: The child-care services industry is still down 126,700 workers—more than a 10 percent decline from pre-pandemic levels, Labor Department data shows.
Economists have forecast that employers added 750,000 jobs in August, according to the data provider FactSet. That would represent a substantial gain, but below the roughly 940,000 jobs that were added in both June and July.
An estimated 137,857 Hoosiers were unemployed and seeking jobs in July, the state reported Friday. That’s was down from 138,192 in June.