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overview: The Atlanta-based staffing firm Randstad released a recent survey looking at the COVID-19-influenced labor market. Despite record numbers of unemployment nationwide, Randstad Senior Vice President Jennifer Seith said it’s becoming hard to fill some new positions driven by the pandemic.


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She told “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress that nonexistent jobs, or ones that weren’t in demand before, are now highly sought-after.

“So contact tracers, medical screeners obviously have come into demand. Those were jobs that didn’t exist a few months ago,” Seith said.

“We’re also seeing a massive increase for demand in loan processors and underwriters, in finance and accounting jobs. Then you really get into the manufacturing and logistics. As you can imagine, people who are working from home, shopping from home, there’s a lot more need for delivery.”

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jim burress

jim burress was named the local host and senior producer of all things considered on wabe in september 2018. burress is responsible for the editorial direction of the show as well as hosting and reporting.