After a second job interview, it took just three days for Tyler Freeland, 20, to be offered a full-time job paying $15 an hour.
Freeland had been applying for jobs at child-care centers since March, and recalls getting “ghosted” by several centers who asked them to come into an interview, but started ignoring messages when Freeland tried to coordinate the next steps.
“I was so grateful and excited when I found out I got the job,” said Freeland, who lives in Yonkers, N.Y., and prefers they/them pronouns.
Many child-care centers in the U.S., is seeing demand for services explode as more parents reenter the workforce.
Freeland appears to be benefiting from some good timing. Besides volunteering at a preschool, Freeland, who just completed their junior year of college, has no formal experience working at early child-care centers.
But that didn’t matter to their employer, who like many child-care centers in the U.S., is seeing demand for services explode as more parents reenter the workforce. This summer marks the first time in more than a year that the daycare Freeland is working at will be welcoming kids in-person.
It’s happening across the country. Some 18,000 of the 559,000 jobs (3%) that were created last month were in child care and/or daycare services, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report published on Friday.
Furthermore, as more schools resume in-person learning, hiring for private and public schools is also on the rise. Some 103,000 jobs were added last month in public-education centers, and another 41,000 were added in private education centers.
Some 18,000 of the 559,000 jobs, or 3%, that were created last month were in child care and/or daycare services.
On Indeed.com, the job postings site Freeland used to apply for the daycare job they secured, some 5% of advertisements for jobs at child-care centers indicate an urgent need to fill openings, according to a report by that company.
“Throughout the last year, many child-care facilities were closed or at reduced capacity. With society now reopening, capacity restrictions are lifting and it’s likely that many parents are eager to utilize child-care options,” said AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab.
“This puts pressure on child-care employers to have enough workers to be able to meet consumer demand,” she told MarketWatch.
But education and child care are not the only sectors where jobs are clawing back.
Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by nearly 292,000
As more pandemic restrictions are lifted, Americans are returning to movie theatres, restaurants and booking hotels.
Nearly two-thirds of all the 292,000 leisure and hospitality jobs added last month were within the food and beverage service industry, the BLS reported. Jobs at amusement parks, casinos and hotels account for the other third.
That corresponds with LinkedIn hiring data.
Last month, hiring in the recreation and travel industry was 9% higher than it was in April. While entertainment and retail also saw notable increases in May compared to April.
Nearly two-thirds of all the 292,000 leisure and hospitality jobs added last month were within the food and beverage service industry
“If you’re looking for a job this summer, this is a great place to start, for both full-time and part-time opportunities, LinkedIn chief economist Karin Kimbrough told MarketWatch.
Kimbrough also pointed out that on LinkedIn the greatest number of entry-level positions are in transportation and logistics, health care and software and IT services.
“We’re seeing industry growth directly related to the pandemic and its effect on the economy,” she said. “As many of us turned to ordering in for everything we needed, industries and companies that helped put products into our hands soared and they continue to staff up.”
Tyler Freeland, meanwhile, is not taking their new job for granted. “Working with kids is my biggest passion, and I can’t wait to get started,” they said.