Despite a downfall in jobs across the nation, it seems that well-paying blue-collar jobs are booming, according to EmployBridge workforce analyst Joanie Bily. During an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Bily explained that the demand for workers in logistics, manufacturing, trade, and transportation has resulted in a mass influx of job postings. The number of job postings has risen to over 6.6 million in December 2020 compared to 6.5 million in December 2019.
The demand shift has occurred largely as a result of changes in consumer trends, with people choosing to stay home during the pandemic, thus increasing the need for at-home deliveries for products.
Despite this shift, Bily said that the same factors increasing demand are also making it difficult to fill blue-collar positions.
Factors impacting the labor force include job searchers applying for remote jobs over health and safety concerns, generous unemployment benefits, and unpredictable school reopening plans.
Strength in housing and e-commerce during the pandemic has helped propel hiring in blue-collar occupations. Many economists and companies expect blue-collar jobs to continue growing, though at a slower pace after the coronavirus is contained. They predict the key factors driving employer demand for blue-collar workers — a swift pickup in online orders and a buoyant housing market — will largely stay even after vaccines are widely distributed and consumers shift some of their spending from goods to services.
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