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Job Gains

This article is written in an optimistic tone.  It comes with the hope that there have been significant job gains in recent times.  But it is not so straightforward because the question is, does one ask this in relation to the pandemic or as if we are in normal times?

Job losses – as we know – were tremendously high during the peak of the pandemic, especially in the leisure and tourism industries.  Nonetheless, once recovery began with US job creation, there was optimism (especially in relation to the large amount of job losses that had been encountered). 

Still, this ebbs and flows.  And while it may initially look good that there were 194,000 new jobs created in September 2021, that figure was actually the lowest since the job creation gain finally began increasing back in December 2020. Nonetheless, unemployment in September dropped from 5.2% in August to 4.8%.

Also, of the 194,000 jobs created, a staggering 84,500 were in the Florida region which – a  statement from the Florida Governor’s Office said – :

“This month marks 17 months of private-sector job growth, increasing by 5.6% over the year. In addition, Florida has experienced 11 consecutive months of labor force increases, adding 50,000 workers over the month. Florida’s labor force growth represents a 5.4% increase over-the-year, which is significantly higher than the national rate of 0.8%.”

The other issue is that a larger  number of Americans are quitting their jobs (stimulus checks?) is at a high.  According to FWDBONDS chief economist, Christopher Rupkey:

“There are help-wanted posters in every shop window on Main Street, and the lack of workers is exacerbating the supply disruptions throughout the nation that is lighting a match to the fire of inflation. The labor market has already recovered.”

So yes, there have been job gains but we are not yet in a fully optimistic situation with this.

Industrial PC Market

The Industrial PC market (computers manufactured for use in industries which are more reliable and efficient than commercial use ones) is booming.  And it will continue to grow substantially at least for the foreseeable future. In 2019 it was estimated at a value of $5.006bn.  The projected CAGR growth rate by 2026 is to $7.756… Continue Reading

Rosalind Brewer Becomes 20th Black CEO in America

Rosalind Brewer has been named incoming CEO of Walgreens, effective March 15, 2021. This role makes Brewer, who is leaving her position as COO at Starbucks, the only Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Brewer joins the other 19 Black CEOs — 17 men and two women — who have ever been listed as… Continue Reading

What Small Business Owners Can Do Right Now

Building and sustaining a small business is no easy task. Marketing, developing, and producing products or services demand high levels of attention and involvement. This digital marketing checklist lays out simple and effective tips for businesses of any size. Your brand’s identity is critical for marketing purposes, digital or otherwise. Articulate what makes your business… Continue Reading

Virtual is the In-Person of 2021

Most in-person marketing events and conferences are pivoting to virtual gatherings as professionals continue to seek to expand their network, grow their business, and up their game. Digital marketing conferences, enable the most innovative, creative, and imaginative marketing minds to come together. When considering hosting a virtual event, it is important to remember that a… Continue Reading

Plexi-Craft: A New York Business in Demand

Plexi-Craft used to be a simple, swanky, high-end, Bronx-based furniture factory. Now it is one of the country’s most sought after businesses. The 60-year-old company has a long history of acrylic resin skills, designing trendy, clear plastic chairs, tables, cabinets, and more. And as the world scrambles to resume some sense of normalcy alongside the… Continue Reading

2020 New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Announced

2020 New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Announced

Dorit Ungar Black, a founding partner at New York’s Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP was named as one of ten  Women of Influence in 2020 by the New York Business Journal. The women recognized this year are all pioneers in the legal, finance, engineering, and real estate industries. They have all demonstrated professional and communal… Continue Reading

Pandemic Brings Early Holiday Season to New York

Pandemic Brings Early Holiday Season to New York

The rushed last-minute holiday shopping scramble may just be another annual tradition lost to the coronavirus pandemic. Across New York and the country, retailers are getting a head start on the holiday season. While most shoppers don’t usually appreciate the holiday “creep,” this year there are several good reasons for getting an early go on… Continue Reading

Finding the Balance in Tech and Business

Finding the Balance in Tech and Business

Distinction and nuance are not common these days. Everyone is eager to either be “all in” or “totally against” the newest and coolest fads, fashions, and even phones. Current economic, social, political, and personal realities have yielded a climate of cynicism about the dangers of social media, the disturbing possibilities of digital surveillance on smartphones, and the power stronghold… Continue Reading

New York Museums Reopening With Collaborative Healing Projects

New York Museums Reopening With Collaborative Healing Projects

New Yorkers are starting to go out more. As city dwellers begin to come out of lockdown, they are also looking for ways to process all that has happened over the last few months. Individually and collectively, New York is trying to internalize and address the lives, communities, finances, and stability lost since the outbreak… Continue Reading