Hesitant, dispirited, and nervous people left many job positions vacant even though new positions ascended to 15 million by mid-March, as per the recent data from ZipRecruiter, an online job site. The positions shrank from 10 million last year, before the pandemic began, to 6 million as the lockdown and shutdown forced businesses to lay off employees last May.
As vaccination becomes available now, and with companies making profit projections, efforts are on to meet the buoyant demands by staffing up workers. The number of vacancies around all online data soared to 5 million more than the pandemic’s start last year.
Most states in recent times lowered the age for vaccination appreciably to cover all the working-ages of America. Studies show that people are venturing out to gyms, restaurants, and industry-based offices in significant numbers.
Employers from different industries are conducting immense job fairs from gyms to amusement parks to airlines, trying to bring in laid-off workers onboard. However, employees say they feel discouraged after rejected resumes in January and February.
Julia Pollak, ZipRecruiter’s labor economist says all this is because of the vaccination drive and that the employers are now focusing on “permanent steps to plan for a permanent reopening.” Pollak further said, “When people lose their jobs, they often engage in a flurry of job search activity, they send off 20 applications, and then they sit back and wait to hear back from employers.”
Pollak says the current scenario has vastly improved and that people were on the job hunt when the situations were unsupportive with bleakish prospects. She says there is an improvement in these scenarios now. She feels that job seekers’ morale went down between January and March.
Also, there are abundant reasons for workers to hold back, from managing remote learning, hanging out to better chances, or the ongoing pandemic concerns. Employers wail that the generous benefits from unemployment are why workers are avoiding returning to jobs as they earn more from not working.
Eastman Machine Company’s CEO Robert Stevenson says, “I had one guy quit who said I can make more on unemployment. I’ll take the summer off.” He says though there is no guarantee of having the job back, the employee is ready to “take chances.”
Though the pandemic led to dramatic layoffs, the American workers can come out of that with chaffering powers than before.