The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 1.8 million in July and that the unemployment rate fell to 10.2%. This suggests that the employment recovery from the unprecedented COVID-related drop in March and April continues to reverse course, although the pace of recovery appears to be slowing. The 1.8 million job gain in July was less than the increases of 4.8 million in June and 2.7 million in May. Combined, 9.3 million jobs were generated in May, June and July, recouping some of the 22.2 million jobs lost in March and April. Nevertheless, the July level of employment was lower than its February level by 12.9 million positions or by 8.4%. While the July improvement is welcome news, the labor market continues to be strained and the recent spike in the virus across many states could hamper further gains. Indeed, some states are backtracking plans to reopen as coronavirus infections are rising again.
Just two days ahead of the NBA season’s restart in Orlando, Florida, NIC hosted it’s ninth “Leadership Huddle” webinar to discuss the professional sports league’s efforts to contain the virus, and gain insight on the latest developments in testing, wearables, and protocols. Titled “From Pro Sports to Senior Care: Innovations in Testing, Tech, and Protection,” the event was intended to share lessons and experiences earned fighting COVID-19 in other industries with seniors housing and care providers and investors. While very different in terms of scope, demographics, access to resources, and scale, the NBA has been faced with some of the same challenges that senior living operators face today. Working with experts across the country, including Testing for America, a “nonprofit established by leading scientists, academics, and entrepreneurs,” the NBA is showing significant improvements in curtailing the spread of the virus amongst its players and staff, despite putting them in close proximity to train and play together in a ‘bubble’ located in Orlando, Florida.
NIC MAP® Data Service clients attended a webinar in mid-July on the key seniors housing and nursing care data trends during the second quarter of 2020. Led by the NIC research team, the webinar presented findings that reflected the impact of COVID-19 across the seniors housing and care sector. Key takeaways included the following: