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Is the US running out of job seekers?

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The US appears to be running out of job seekers, says Peter Coy on Bloomberg. The employers who lost their workers have to come up with ways to entice them. California-based door and window manufacturer Sierra Pacific Industries is “so desperate to fill openings that it’s offering hiring bonuses of up to $1,500”.

Meanwhile, Red Bluff Job Training Center, also based in California, “is trying to lure young people in with extra-large pizzas”. A record 42% of small businesses said in a recent survey that they had jobs they couldn’t fill, compared with an average of 22% since 1974. It could be due to “generous unemployment benefits”, fear of Covid-19, or would-be workers loss of”gumption”.

However, for those looking to work but sick of doing so from home, a new “pay-by-the-minute desk in a booth” workspace has cropped up in Singapore, says Tim McDonald on
the BBC.

The pods, created by Singaporean company Switch, cost £2.15 per hour and follow similar booths that have been around for years in Japan. Though a tad “utilitarian”, the compact booths boast VWi-Fi, a fan, and an “unremarkable” chair. But “the main selling point… is that it’s not your living room.”

Kris Paterson is a writer for WhatJobs.com

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