Texans continue to job search as big companies open the employment floodgates

Texans continue to job search as big companies open the employment floodgates

FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a customer walks past a now hiring sign at an eatery in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Cierea Harris wanted to keep working, but COVID-19 had other plans. The Lubbock mom lost her job at a medical insurance company in March, eventually turning to the career center at Workforce Solutions South Plains for guidance. She landed an opportunity in July as a COVID-19 contact tracer. “It was like one door closed, and during the pandemic, a good door opened,” she said. COVID-19 closures and illnesses have forced millions out of work. The Texas Workforce Commission has paid out more than $26.4 billion in state and federal money since mid-March. The agency has received 4.6 million unemployment insurance claims in that time— the equivalent of about seven years of claims. Big companies like Amazon have adapted to the pandemic by creating at-home opportunities, some of which will transition to in-office jobs next year. “Fueled by demand from our customers, we’ve been privileged to continue to create jobs and invest across the United States, which has led to us announcing tens of thousands of jobs that we’re trying to fill right now,” said Ardine Williams, Amazon’s vice president of workforce development. “We know that millions of people are in need of career help right now, whether it’s related to COVID-19 or not.” From the site of Amazon’s $2.5 billion second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, Williams divulged details ...
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