61% of Americans looking for jobs right now want to switch careers

The pandemic has hit the U.S. economy and job market hard, battering some industries beyond recognition. That’s inspired many job seekers to change careers altogether, according to a new study.About 61% of US job seekers surveyed — which includes people who are looking for new roles and people who are unemployed — have looked for a job in a new industry because of the pandemic, according to a new Morning Consult survey on job seeker insights commissioned by Amazon.Amazon commissioned the study as part of its announcement of Career Day, an event on Sept. 16 in which a team of 1,000 Amazon recruiters will hold 20,000 free career coaching sessions. Along with other hiring efforts announced this year, the company said it now has 33,000 open roles to fill.More than half of the Americans surveyed who are currently looking for a new job are doing so because of the pandemic, … Read More

Americans are again growing concerned about losing their jobs: NY Fed

Americans are again fearful of losing their jobs, according to a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York released Monday.

For the month of August, the average respondent in the New York Fed’s survey of consumer expectations said there was an 18.0% chance of losing their job in the next 12 months. That figure is a noticeable increase from the 16.0% chance reported in July and marks the second consecutive month of job loss concerns rising.

The New York Fed said worries over becoming unemployed were more pronounced among those without a college degree (21.3% perceived chance) and those with a household income below $50,000 a year (24.9% perceived chance).

People line up outside a Kentucky Career Center hoping to find assistance with their unemployment claim in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

The trend marks a reversal of labor market optimism over the course

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More Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs. That’s a Good Sign

(Bloomberg) — The number of U.S. workers who voluntarily left their jobs in July increased to a five-month high, indicating more Americans are becoming sanguine about their prospects of finding a new position as the economy recovers.

So-called quits climbed by 344,000 to nearly 3 million during the month, Labor Department figures showed Wednesday. The number of job leavers as a share of total employed rose to 2.1%, creeping closer to the 2.3% that was prevalent before the coronavirus shut down the economy.

The government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey also showed a larger-than-forecast 6.6 million vacant positions at employers, about 400,000 shy of pre-pandemic levels. Layoffs also declined in July from a month earlier.

Taken together, it “all adds to the fact that the quits rate is probably realistic,” said Steven Ricchiuto, U.S. chief economist at Mizuho Securities USA LLC. “Can I say the number is definitely the

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Modest Gains Encouraging for Americans with Disabilities

August job numbers show improvement for Americans with disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Experts express caution due to the many factors that could affect economic recovery.

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Sept. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire nTIDE Report—featuring The Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) Project, an evidence-based, comprehensive entrepreneurship education and training program for people with disabilities and service providers in Illinois

August job numbers show improvement for Americans with disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Experts express caution due to the many factors that could affect economic recovery.

nTIDE COVID Update (month-to-month comparison)
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Americans are Reconsidering Investing in Education due to COVID-19, Edward Jones Finds

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As Americans head back to school, virtual learning or a hybrid approach, 36 percent of adults are reconsidering their investments in higher education amid COVID-19, according to a recent study by financial-services firm Edward Jones, conducted by Morning Consult. Eighty percent of those currently saving for an in-person, four-year college or university cited concerns that the quality of education may suffer if universities move to online learning, including access to tools and resources necessary for education (47%), lack of community aspect at school, such as sports teams, clubs and on-campus housing (35%) and required in-person lab time (31%).” data-reactid=”13″ST. LOUIS, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 

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