Workforce Development News – April 5, 2021

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Infrastructure Plan Could Restore the Pace of Job Creation That Was Derailed by COVID-19

“An infrastructure program would create 8 million jobs for workers with a high school diploma or less, 4.8 million jobs for workers with more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree, and 2.25 million jobs for workers with bachelor’s degrees and above.”
https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/infrastructure/

How Fast Is The Economy Recovering?

“For nearly a year, the economy has been on a long, exhausting slog toward post-pandemic ‘normalcy.’ And it isn’t over yet.”
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/us-economy-coronavirus/

What Employees are Saying About the Future of Remote Work

“Employees want more certainty about postpandemic working arrangements—even if you don’t yet know what to tell them.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/what-employees-are-saying-about-the-future-of-remote-work

STEM Jobs See Uneven Progress in Increasing Gender, Racial and Ethnic Diversity

“Higher education pipeline suggests long path ahead for increasing diversity, especially in fields like computing and engineering.”
https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2021/04/01/stem-jobs-see-uneven-progress-in-increasing-gender-racial-and-ethnic-diversity/

48% of Organizations Won’t Track Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Status

“New Gartner survey says only 8% of companies said they will require employees to show proof of vaccination.”
https://www.mhlnews.com/labor-management/article/21159587/48-of-organizations-wont-track-employee-covid19-vaccination-status

Cell Phone Data Suggest Persistent Differences in Work from Home by Income, Race, and Education during the Pandemic

“Work from home declined as restrictions eased but remains above pre-pandemic levels. Differences across income, race, and education in work from home that emerged with the pandemic persist a year later.”
https://www.kansascityfed.org/research/economic-bulletin/cell-phone-data-suggests-persistent-differences/

Social Distancing Behaviors Drop as U.S. Vaccinations Rise

“38% completely or mostly isolating, down from 47% last month. Avoidance of public places down from 56% to 48%.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/343022/social-distancing-behaviors-drop-vaccinations-rise.aspx

Missouri Had the 5th Lowest Cost of Living in the United States for 2020

“All of the participating Missouri cities had a composite index below the national average for 2020.” The St. Louis MSA cost of living index is 88.0, lower than the statewide average of 89.1.
https://meric.mo.gov/data/cost-living-data-series

Workplaces with Shared Seating Will be the New Normal After COVID-19

“Approximately 60% of Finance and Real Estate Leaders Are Planning for at Least a Quarter of Employees to be in Shared Seating.”
https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2021-03-23-gartner-says-workplaces-with-shared-seating-will-be-the-new-normal-after-covid19

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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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