Workforce Development News – Sept. 21, 2020

By on September 21, 2020
Ten Facts about COVID-19 and the U.S. Economy

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Ten Facts about COVID-19 and the U.S. Economy

COVID-19 has created “a joint economic and public health crisis of a scale and at a speed unprecedented in the history of the United States.”
Article: https://www.brookings.edu/research/ten-facts-about-covid-19-and-the-u-s-economy/
Report: https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/FutureShutdowns_Facts_LO_Final.pdf

Inequalities Persist Despite Decline in Poverty For All Major Race and Hispanic Origin Groups

“In 2019, the poverty rate for the United States was 10.5%, the lowest since estimates were first released for 1959. Blacks and Hispanics reached historic lows in their poverty rates in 2019. The poverty rate for Blacks was 18.8%; for Hispanics, it was 15.7%.”
https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2020/09/poverty-rates-for-blacks-and-hispanics-reached-historic-lows-in-2019.html

Six Problem-Solving Mindsets for Very Uncertain Times

“Even the most inscrutable problems have solutions—or better outcomes than have been reached so far. Here’s how the best problem solvers crack the code.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/six-problem-solving-mindsets-for-very-uncertain-times

Small-Business Owners’ Optimism Up From April, But Below Pre COVID-19

“38% of owners say that their business is operating as normal as a result of COVID-19, while 30% say it is operating with reduced staff and hours. Another 23% say their business is operating but with services impacted.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/319220/small-business-owners-optimism-april-below-pre-covid.aspx

Citizens for Modern Transit Names Nelson as Chair of Its Board of Directors

“Citizens for Modern Transit, the St. Louis region’s transit advocacy organization, announced that Hart Nelson, associate vice chancellor of workforce solutions at St. Louis Community College, has been named the chair of its Board of Directors.”
https://cmt-stl.org/citizens-for-modern-transit-names-nelson-as-chair-of-its-board-of-directors/

The Worst, Most Nefarious Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)

“It doesn’t matter how many tennis balls you think might fit into a limousine, but your problem-solving skills will be carefully examined. Mind these expert tips for acing your next interview.”
https://www.ragan.com/the-worst-most-nefarious-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them/

How to Get Your Resume Noticed (And Out of the Trash Bin)

“Five ways to catch a recruiter’s attention.”
https://hbr.org/2020/09/how-to-get-your-resume-noticed-and-out-of-the-trash-bin

How the Pandemic Has Affected Meals and Their Prices

“Grocery Spending Says, ‘Let’s Stay In.’ Retail Alcohol Sales Say, ‘Let’s Partake at Home Instead.’ Price Data Say, ‘Eat More Fish’.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/open-vault/2020/september/how-pandemic-has-affected-meals-and-prices

In Many Communities, COVID-19 Will Permanently Kill Jobs

“The young, the less educated, and workers of color have borne the worst of the job losses.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/09/17/in-many-communities-covid-19-will-permanently-kill-jobs-heres-how-they-can-respond/

The Hidden Perils of Unresolved Grief

“The pandemic is fueling a wave of grief and loss that threatens to derail leaders and hurt organizations. Yet when addressed, grief can be a creative force that turns loss into inspiration.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/the-hidden-perils-of-unresolved-grief

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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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