As Florida and various states in the United States reopen in phases, more jobs are being added back to the economy. Unemployment officially fell to 13.3 percent last month as employers added 2.5 million jobs.
As people started are returning to their old jobs or finding new ones, these are the industries that reported the most gains:
Restaurants and bars: which added back nearly 1.4 million jobs in May as they reopened across the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Construction: This industry saw jobs increase 464,000 in May, gaining back nearly half of what they lost in April.
Retail: More than 367,000 jobs returned in this sector, with clothing stores seeing the largest gains. (In fact, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon said this week that the company hired more than 300,000 associates in the US starting in March, most of them temporary workers, to help “relieve some of the burden faced by” current store workers and give those who lost jobs more opportunities.
Manufacturing/Factory jobs: The manufacturing industry added 225,000 jobs, which is good news for an industry that saw its largest drop in production in March since 1946.
Dentistry: While hospitals and other essential medical services stayed open, dentists closed their offices, seeing only patients who required urgent care. When they reopened, they added more than 244,000 jobs.
Delivery/Laundry workers: Personal and laundry services added 182,300 jobs, and that doesn’t count contractors like Postmates and Uber Eats part-timers or some Amazon drivers.
Cleaning/Janitorial companies: As more businesses are now required to clean and sanitize their facilities to keep the virus from spreading, janitorial services are more important than ever – adding more than 68,000 jobs last month.
Despite these gains, there are those jobs that will not be coming back…or if they do, not very soon. The hospitality industry was especially hard-hit in Northeast Florida. Statewide, more than 900,000 jobs were lost in this sector at the beginning of the COVID-19 Shutdown, followed by retail (736,000), construction (279,000), administrative (237,000) and recreation and sports (217,000) occupations now at risk.
As we recover, people in the most-impacted sectors may need to consider short-term positions in other stronger sectors in the interim – or ponder a career change based on the job needs in a post-COVID economy.
Check out this article from CNN Business regarding the industry recovery.