Some industries have more workers now than they did pre-pandemic, including couriers and messengers (naturally) and garden supply stores.
The big picture: Even with March's gain, jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector have the longest road to recovery. The March jobs report was a blowout, with gains across industries — a sign that the labor market recovery is picking up speed.
The U.S. economy added a whopping 916,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate fell to 6% from 6.2%, the government said on Friday.
Why it matters: The blowout job gains show how vaccines and the economic reopening are juicing the battered labor market. Economists had been expecting an increase of 675,000.
Why it matters: The expanded rail system — funded with the $80 billion Biden's infrastructure plan allocates to rail specifically—would "create jobs, improve the quality of life, reduce carbon emissions and generate economic growth,” Amtrak said in a statement.
"Bro" culture, gender bias and micromanagement were top concerns among women in tech who were dissatisfied with their employers, according to a survey from Elpha, the results of which were shared first with Axios.
Why it matters: Hiring bias is only one cause of tech's gender imbalance. Another problem is that women leave the industry because they find the environment works against their success.
In the wake of the pandemic, more companies will begin "going digital first," prioritizing their digital infrastructures over physical office spaces, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said Wednesday during an Axios virtual event.
Why it matters: The pandemic has accelerated pre-existing trends towards digitalization and prompted some companies to undergo digital transformations that otherwise may have taken them much longer, Butterfield said.
Confidence is returning to U.S. consumers as the government ramps up big spending programs that are putting money directly in Americans' bank accounts and COVID-19 vaccinations increase.
Why it matters: The return of confidence itself is reassuring, but more economists also are expecting that a major increase in hiring this month is behind the improvement.
We've recapped how the pandemic upended the working world, but what's coming next?
The big picture: As vaccinations send people back to work and the world comes out of pandemic hibernation, these are the biggest trends to watch for in the workplace this year, according to experts.
Despite some progress, it will take women in North America approximately 61.5 years to have economic parity with men according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2021.
Why it matters: Women in the U.S. have made strides in political representation, but they still lag behind men in job market participation and income, according to the report.
New Mexico Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D) said at an Axios event Tuesday that diversifying New Mexico's economy will create "homegrown" opportunities, providing a different type of job security for workers who rely on oil and gas industries.
Why it matters: Politicians have sparred over environmental justice and its impact on workers in the oil and gas industries. But even major oil and gas producers across the U.S. are making changes now, Luján said, which means New Mexico needs to move fast about planning for the future.