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    Why does quitting your job still feel so hard?

    As soon as gyms in the UK went into lockdown in 2020, personal trainer James Jackson quit his job. “I just knew that I had to transition to an online way of working,” says Jackson, 33, from Manchester. “The gym is a busy place, and I couldn’t imagine it being as popular again. I felt that If I hung around too long, I’d miss out on a good opportunity.”  But making the decision to leave was difficult. Jackson had spent eight years building a thriving career and a loyal client base. “It was terrifying to quit,” he says. “Being a personal trainer was all I knew.” He also found other…

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    Why It’s So Hard to Fill Jobs in Certain States

    The labor-market recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns is playing out unevenly across the U.S., from states where there are five openings for every unemployed worker to several where historically high jobless rates persist. In some regions, including less populated areas that imposed fewer Covid-19 restrictions—states such as Utah and the Dakotas—the labor market is red hot, with many employers struggling to fill open jobs. Elsewhere, including in urban areas and tourist hubs that have been slower to ease restrictions—such as New York and Hawaii—labor demand is rebounding more gradually, making the shortages of workers less acute. Workers wanted The northern Mountain West, the Plains, and northern New…

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    Why it’s so hard to fill jobs in certain states

    Janney Montgomery Scott chief investment strategist Mark Luschini says current state of the economy is ‘indicative’ of ‘very strong’ growth The labor-market recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns is playing out unevenly across the U.S., from states where there are five openings for every unemployed worker to several where historically high jobless rates persist. In some regions, including less populated areas that imposed fewer Covid-19 restrictions — states such as Utah and the Dakotas — the labor market is red hot, with many employers struggling to fill open jobs. Elsewhere, including in urban areas and tourist hubs that have been slower to ease restrictions — such as New…

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  • Online School

    OPINION: Online school was hard. Going back will be just as challenging.

    We all know the drill: log onto Zoom, turn in the assignment, repeat. It’s been a long year of online classes with no end in sight, but we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The University of Arizona is promising the return of in-person classes in capacities similar to before the pandemic starting this fall. Even now, classes are returning to the actual classroom all over campus as the university reaches Stage 3 of reentry after the pandemic. Coming back to classes has made me realize just how little I was learning on Zoom, and how hard it is to get back into the swing of…

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    China’s young people are still having a hard time finding jobs

    Candidates are preparing to find jobs on the spot at job fairs in Fuyang, China. Sheldon Cooper | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images BEIJING — One year since the coronavirus pandemic hit, China’s young people are still having a hard time finding jobs. The unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24 was 13.1{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} as of February, far above the national urban jobless rate of 5.5{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. The 13.1{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} young people’s unemployment rate is the same as it was during the first quarter last year, the height of the coronavirus outbreak within China. The high figure implies “continuous challenge from underemployment and…

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  • Home Schooling

    How to handle setbacks and hard days while homeschooling

    This edited Q&A is the fifth in a series in which we pose questions about home education to several experts. In this installment, Alice Churnock, Sue Jakes, John Kwasny, Cathy Duffy, and Mystie Winckler describe how to handle setbacks and hard days on the homeschool journey. (Click here for a short biography of each.) Homeschooling is hard. In some situations, it can be overwhelming. What would you say to the parent who is pulling his or her hair out right now? Mystie: New homeschooling families need to expect some adjustment time and for it to be hard. One bad day or week doesn’t mean you’re bad at homeschooling. And it…

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    CDC defends school guidelines as advocates say they make it too hard to reopen

    But the much-anticipated guidelines released Friday were, in fact, more measured than some expected, with full in-person schooling recommended only when levels of community transmission are quite low, a standard that almost no place in the U.S. meets today. Under the rubric laid out, the CDC recommends either fully remote or hybrid plans, where students spend some time in school and some at home, for areas with substantial community spread. Even though case counts are falling, the definition of substantial spread today includes the vast majority of the country. While pandemic school closures have been challenging for many children, special-needs students like McKenzie West are falling further behind. (Jorge Ribas/The…

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