US employment data raises hopes of recovery
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Global governments are creating rules and mechanisms to allow their societies to live with the coronavirus. In the EU, an app-based digital travel certificate will allow vaccinated Europeans to move between countries without having to self-quarantine.
The economic recovery in developed countries with vaccines is also accelerating. Eurostat reported a drop of 382,000 in the number of unemployed in the EU, giving hope for job growth in the months to come. European manufacturers told researchers of the IHS Markit Monthly Purchasing Managers Index that they were hiring new employees at the highest rate in at least two decades.
It is a similar situation across the Atlantic, where the United States began its July 4th holiday weekend in a good mood with the announcement of 850,000 jobs created during the month of June. The country has been applauded for rolling out its vaccine, even though President Joe Biden will narrowly miss his goal of getting 70% of American adults vaccinated on Independence Day.
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Nick H in Long live the office (reconfigured):
The real problem as I see it with the WFH (which I really appreciate), is the disparity between those of us who have nice home offices and are established in our jobs and those who are new and / or working. from the kitchen table in a house shared with toddlers or roommates. It’s hard not to see this as another kick in the teeth for young people who already suffer from tuition fees, unaffordable housing and poor job prospects.
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