Workforce Development News – February 1, 2021

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4 Reasons We’re Seeing These Worrying Coronavirus Variants Now

“Covid-19 is evolving. Why now?”
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22247525/covid-19-variants-uk-south-africa-brazil-b117-why-now

Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End the Pandemic

“It will be months before enough people in the United States will have gotten the shots to allow for normal life to begin again.”
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/01/24/us/covid-vaccine-rollout.html

Unemployment Is Much Worse Than You Think — Here’s Why

“The problem for many Americans isn’t getting a job, it’s getting enough hours at decent wages. Our topline numbers obscure that reality.”
https://www.politico.com/news/agenda/2021/01/25/unemployment-worse-than-you-think-462218

U.S. Economy Slows Sharply As Pandemic Resurges

“GDP was 2.5% smaller at the end of the year than when it began. Economic activity plunged last March and April when the pandemic took hold. The economy staged a partial comeback in the summer and early fall, only to falter in the last three months of the year.”
https://www.npr.org/2021/01/28/961372699/us-economy-slows-sharply-as-pandemic-resurges

Small Business Pulse Survey Shows Shift in Expectations from Spring to Winter

“16.5% of businesses experienced little or no effect from pandemic, 55.3% expect long-term challenges.”
https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2021/01/small-business-pulse-survey-shows-shift-in-expectations-from-spring-to-winter.html

New OSHA Guidance Seeks to Mitigate, Prevent Viral Spread in the Workplace

“’Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace’ provides updated guidance and recommendations, and outlines existing safety and health standards.”
https://dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20210129
New guidance: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework

Why Computer Occupations are Behind Strong STEM Employment Growth

“A growing digital economy bolsters demand for computer occupations, especially for information security analysts, software developers, and computer and information research scientists.
https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-10/why-computer-occupations-are-behind-strong-stem-employment-growth.htm

STLCC-Florissant Valley to Serve as First Mass Vaccination Site in St. Louis County

“Individuals must have a scheduled appointment. Go to https://stlcorona.com/ to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccination.”
https://stlcc.edu/news/2021/vaccine-site.aspx

See Covid-19 Risk in Your County and a Guide for Daily Life Near You

“St. Louis County is at an extremely high risk level. Cases are very high but have decreased over the past two weeks.”
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-risk-map.html
St. Louis County: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/st-louis-missouri-covid-cases.html

College Student Caregivers More Likely to Stop Classes

“Thirty percent of all students who care for an adult cited that care as the reason for their possible withdrawal, 26% attributed it to the cost of schooling and 26% to obtaining a new job. Parents were more likely to cite childcare — with 37% citing these responsibilities and another 27% indicating the cost of attendance, 25% the coronavirus, 24% finding a new job, and 20% providing care to an adult.”
https://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/328970/college-student-caregivers-likely-stop-classes.aspx

A Rising Share of Working Parents Say It’s Been Difficult to Handle Child Care during the Pandemic

“Working moms more likely than working dads to say work-family balance has gotten harder and to face professional challenges.”
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/01/26/a-rising-share-of-working-parents-in-the-u-s-say-its-been-difficult-to-handle-child-care-during-the-pandemic/

Why We Should Stop Pretending Virtual Meetings are Working—and How to Fix Them

“The novelty of the Zoom meeting has long-since evaporated. Here’s how communicators should adapt to improve morale and productivity.”
https://www.ragan.com/why-we-should-stop-pretending-virtual-meetings-are-working-and-how-to-fix-them/

3 Keys to Better, Less Painful Video Meetings

“Follow these ‘three rules of Zoom’ to make your meetings more tolerable in 2021.”
https://www.ragan.com/3-keys-to-better-less-painful-video-meetings/

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

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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