I can't get over the picture of our current employment situation described in recently compiled economic statistics. It's becoming all too clear who is being left behind in our effervescent post-pandemic recovery.
In March, for example, the overall economy added back 916,000 jobs. Only 7,000 went to workers with high school diplomas but no college degree. [My emphasis.]
... Horrigan’s research has shown that both minority females without college degrees and white males without college degrees are having the hardest time finding work again.
... The problem for policymakers, Madowitz says, is there’s been a lot of thinking in the past decade about how to help men in blue-collar industries, but there’s been little thinking about how to help women in the service sector who suddenly might need to change careers.
This isn't the most intuitive graph, but it highlights what's amiss:
People without college are not yet getting call backs. Many such people were "essential workers" during pandemic lock downs, doing work that kept society going. But similar workers who were forced out during shut downs are not yet finding new and renewed employment.