Workforce Development News – October 5, 2020

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Workers Face Permanent Job Losses

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When Will the COVID-19 Pandemic End?

“Normalcy by spring, and herd immunity by fall? We assess the prospects for an end in 2021.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/when-will-the-covid-19-pandemic-end

Manufacturing Still Among Top Five U.S. Employers

“On Sept. 2, the U.S. Census Bureau announced shipments for durable goods in 2020 through July declined 9.4% compared to 2019. All manufacturing was down 8.3%.”
https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/10/manufacturing-still-among-top-five-united-states-employers.html

Jobs Growth Slows Sharply

“Unemployment in September dipped to 7.9%, from 8.4% in August. The drop was driven primarily by people leaving the workforce — especially women. Job gains have declined in each of the past three months, showcasing an economic recovery that is starting to lose momentum.”
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/02/919152104/jobs-growth-continues-to-slow-in-last-employment-report-before-election

Workers Face Permanent Job Losses as the Virus Persists

“Soon, a wave of people will have been out of work for more than six months, the threshold for long-term unemployment.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/03/business/economy/coronavirus-permanent-job-losses.html

How to Set Customer Service Goals

“Goals give your team direction and focus. Goals help to manage team performance. Goals align everyone’s actions.”
https://www.helpscout.com/blog/customer-service-goals/

How Businesses Can Recruit and Develop More Young People of Color

“A guide to building a better pipeline.”
https://hbr.org/2020/10/how-businesses-can-recruit-and-develop-more-young-people-of-color

The Impact of COVID-19 on Low- to Moderate-Income Communities and the Entities Serving Them

“Over half of respondents (56%) indicated it will take more than 12 months for their communities to return to the conditions prior to the disruption of COVID-19.”
https://www.frbatlanta.org/-/media/documents/community-development/publications/national-covid-19-survey/2020/08/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-low-to-moderate-income-communities.pdf

Missouri STEM Labor Demand

“In Missouri, 5.9 percent of the workforce are employed in STEM occupations, with the highest percentage in St. Louis (7.4%).”
https://meric.mo.gov/media/pdf/missouri-stem-labor-demand

How to Build Rapport – While Wearing a Mask

“Eight tips for communicating when no one can see your smile.”
https://hbr.org/2020/09/how-to-build-rapport-while-wearing-a-mask

How to Disagree the Right Way

“In a healthy workplace, disagreements will arise. The trick is managing them.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/355555

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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