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How is COVID-19 Impacting Hiring Across the United States?

Employers predict slow and gradual return to pre-pandemic hiring in most markets.

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How has COVID-19 Impacted Hiring Across the United States-MEOS

Q1 2021 Net Employment Outlook (NEO)

More than 6,700 U.S. Employers were asked about their hiring intentions for the first quarter of 2021.


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Q1 2021 NEO: 17%

Q4 2020 NEO: 14%

Q1 2020 NEO: 19%

Hiring Outlooks Across the United States

Where are the jobs?


Industries with strongest jobs outlook

Below are the industries that plan to add the most jobs in the next three months. 

Leisure and Hospitality
Transportation and Utilities
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Non Durable Manufacturing
Professional and Business Services

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Q1 2021 NEO: -%

20 Years of Employment Data


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