Hunt Scanlon: US unemployment remains at 6.7% in December.

January 27, 2021 Rebecca Henderson

December’s 6.7% unemployment rate remains unchanged, even though 140,000 jobs were added to the payroll. The rate is significantly better than the April 2020 high of 14.7%, but there is room for improvement to reach pre-lockdown levels.

Job losses are still being felt in the leisure and hospitality industry, while employment in private school education and the government sector are also down. Construction and retail added jobs in December, along with a bump in professional services. Large gains were experienced in the temporary help industry, speaking to companies’ desire to remain agile in the uncertain economic climate.

“As we await more widespread vaccine distribution and a return to a more stable economic environment, employers should look to utilize flexible labor and contingent workers,” says Rebecca Henderson, CEO of Randstad Global Businesses and executive board member. “Both to address skills deficiencies and ensure that they can quickly respond when business demand returns for what experts are still predicting to be a year of strong economic growth.”

Get more data points from the December jobs report in Hunt Scanlon. You can also get your exclusive copy of the 2021 Talent Trends Report, “Rewrite your talent strategy playbook during extraordinary times,” for the top HR trends you need to know to drive growth in 2021.

About the Author

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson is CEO of Randstad Sourceright. Rebecca brings more than 20 years’ experience in all facets of talent acquisition solutions and technology. With deep insights and progressive perspectives, Rebecca steers Randstad Sourceright’s global development to ensure HR and talent leaders can play a strategic role in driving growth locally, across regions, and globally. Rebecca is a highly regarded leader in the talent management field and was most recently recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in “The Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing” list.

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