The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 678,000 in February 2022. This was stronger than market expectations of an increase of 423,000 and occurred despite the impact of omicron on the economy. Revisions added 92,000 to total payrolls in the previous two months. Nevertheless, nonfarm payrolls were still down by 2.1 million or 1.4% from their pre-pandemic level in February 2020.
Omicron within skilled nursing facilities accounted for about seven percent of U.S. fatalities, higher than the Delta but far below the Fall 2020 spike. While COVID-19 cases in the country and within skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) were very high during the Omicron surge in January 2022, data shows that fatalities among SNF residents remained significantly below the fall 2020 spike prior to the vaccine rollout.
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 467,000 in January 2022. This was stronger than market expectations of an increase of 125,000 and occurred despite the impact of Omicron on the economy. Many analysts had expected the employment numbers to be negatively affected by absenteeism and self-isolation driven by the Omicron virus wave.
Weekly virus cases among residents and staff within skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) had been somewhat steady since the vaccine rollout in December 2020. However, the fast-spreading omicron variant has changed the narrative once again and prompted worries around worsening staffing shortages. SNFs are once again faced with rising COVID-19 cases among both residents and staff on top of a reportedly bad flu season compared with 2020.