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Some jobs have recovered from the record peak job losses in April due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, with jobs that require high physical proximity to others in nonessential services still experiencing the highest rates of unemployment, according to two economic reports released Monday by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.
The Boca Raton, Florida-based NCCI noted that in mid-April, job losses throughout the U.S. ranged from 8% to 20% above pre-pandemic employment in U.S. states. States with a larger percentage of workers in high physical proximity jobs in nonessential services, including workers in arts, entertainment, recreation and accommodation and food services. Construction and other services also experienced substantial losses, but the industry reported employment in May nearly back to its February level, though the seasonal industry saw a nearly 7% increase in construction employment nationally between February and May in 2019, according to the reports.
In some high-physical proximity industries, changing consumer demand during the pandemic had more impact on the workforce, with clothing and car manufacturers seeing substantial job losses while food and computer equipment manufacturers saw few.
While it is too early to determine a turning point for employment in the pandemic, “barring a resurgence of coronavirus infections as state economies gradually reopen, it appears that the peak for U.S. job losses was reached and passed in April,” NCCI said.
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