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Economy's Essential Early Care and Education Industry but Still Faces Labor Shortfall

When the pandemic first struck and many child care centers closed, ECE worker unemployment spiked. Now that two years have passed since the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, to what extent has the industry recovered?
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Women-Veteran Entrepreneurs Face Hardships Made Worse by Pandemic

Businesses that were already vulnerable before the COVID-19 pandemic have become even more so during the ensuing recession the last few months. These businesses tend to be smaller and younger and are disproportionately owned by Hispanic and especially Black entrepreneurs.
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Skipping School: Enrollment Numbers Down for Students Ages 16–24 During Pandemic

Pandemic-related hardships likely contributed to a surge in the number of young people disconnected from school at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.
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Lowest-Income Workers See Accelerated Earnings Growth During Pandemic

In many respects, the pandemic has disproportionately harmed low-income workers. Earnings growth, triggered by labor shortages and high turnover rates, could be a rare exception.
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Are Texans Ready for the Jobs of Tomorrow?

K-12 spending in Texas lags behind the national average, which may leave students unprepared as they enter the changing labor market.
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Dallas County Promise Puts Higher Education—and Higher Earning Potential—Within Students’ Reach

Vanessa was accepted to a Promise partner institution and soon found herself at a place she never thought her path would take her. Programs like Dallas County Promise are important in today’s economy as postsecondary education becomes increasingly necessary.
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‘They’re in Deep Hiding’: Pandemic Hinders Efforts to Reengage Texas’ Disconnected Youth

Education and employment trends suggest that the number of 16–24-year-olds disconnected from both work and school—known as opportunity youth—has grown during the pandemic.
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Communities, Service Providers in Region See Long Road to COVID-19 Recovery, Fed Survey Shows

Nearly all respondents reported "significant" disruption to economic conditions in their communities, and over two-thirds anticipate a "difficult" economic recovery.
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Young adults are disconnected from work and school due to long-term labor force trends

The sharp rise during the pandemic in young people who are neither in school nor working—often referred to as “opportunity youth”—is the exacerbation of a problem that has gradually worsened in the past two decades.
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Demographic disparities among disconnected young adults persist but are narrowing over time

This article sheds light on how several demographic groups have differed in their response to business cycles over time and how their disconnection rates have changed in recent years.
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