The blue-collar labor force in the United States is full of signs of an strengthening job market.
In the context of the surge in housing demand during the pandemic, home builders in Orlando, Florida are seeking to add four construction workers to a six-person team. In Atlanta, the forklift driver is charged for overtime work because the warehouse that hires him is very busy distributing packages. The Chicago-based truck trailer manufacturer is holding more and more through-train job fairs and is increasing wages by 7% as hiring at its nine production plants increases.
Nationwide, employment in residential construction, package delivery, and warehousing now exceeds pre-pandemic levels. According to data from the Department of Labor, although the employment rate fell by about 5% in February 2020 last year, manufacturers have steadily added jobs after cutting wages last spring. According to data from the online recruitment site Indeed, last summer, many blue-collar job vacancies exceeded the level before the virus infection, and still greatly increased.
The strong development of housing and e-commerce during the pandemic boosted the hiring of blue-collar occupations, which were hit hard by the previous economic downturn. Many economists and companies expect that after the coronavirus is contained, blue-collar jobs will continue to grow, although the growth rate will slow. They predict that even after vaccines are widely distributed and consumers shift some of their expenditures from goods to services, the key factors driving employers’ demand for blue-collar workers (the rapid rebound in online orders and a thriving housing market) will still exist to a large extent.
David Berson, chief economist of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., said: “The demand for workers will not decline. We still need quality storage. undefined We will continue to see the construction sector , Especially the strong demand in the housing sector.”