The Labor Department reported that the jobless rate fell 0.3 percentage point to 3.9% in December, down 2.8 percentage points from year-earlier levels. The jobless rate is now 0.4 percentage points above the pre-pandemic level of 3.5% seen in February 2020, and well below the 14.7% peak seen in April 2020.
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 210,000 in November 2021. The consensus had been for an increase of 550,000. This was a sharp slowdown from October when jobs increased by 546,000 (originally reported as 531,000) and from September when jobs grew by an upwardly revised 379,000 (originally reported as 312,000).
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 531,000 in October 2021. The consensus had been for an increase of 312,000. This was an acceleration from September when jobs grew by an upwardly revised 312,000 (originally reported as 194,000) and from August when jobs increased by 483,000, up from 366,000 as originally reported.
In March and April of 2021, researchers from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) and the nonpartisan and objective research organization, NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC). spoke with a dozen senior housing and care operators about their experiences, challenges, and successes throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency during 2020. Discussion topics included workflow changes implemented in response to various state and federal requirements, testing strategies employed, PPE access, challenges with dementia care residents, interventions to address loneliness and social isolation, and efforts to vaccinate residents and staff.