Hiring picks up in these industries as coronavirus layoffs ease and states reopen

Even as COVID-19-related layoffs remain at historically bleak levels, another trend is quietly taking root: Businesses are starting to hire again.

All 50 states have begun allowing nonessential businesses to reopen in phases, prompting restaurants, shops, hair salons and others to rehire at least some of the employees they laid off or furloughed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Many small businesses received federal loans that are forgivable as long as they retain or rehire staffers.

Job postings in those and other industries are also picking up, underscoring that firms seek to tap a broader pool of workers, including the roughly 30 million Americans who are unemployed. Hiring in fields that have benefited from the pandemic is surging.

The economy unexpectedly added 2.5 million jobs in May as employers rehired laid-off workers, the Labor Department reported Friday. Eight million payroll losses were expected. Although 9.3 million workers lost jobs

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Tewksbury-Wilmington Coronavirus Updates: State Rep. Robertson

Press releases from state Rep. David Robertson:

Moving Massachusetts Forward, and What to Expect of Reopening

With the beginning of the Governor’s phased reopening, we now enter a stage where we must balance safety and productivity.

Public safety regulations will be done in conjunction between municipalities and the state. These regulations were developed by the Governor’s Reopening Board, under Lt. Governor Polito’s Chair. Members of the Board include healthcare experts, business and industry leaders, as well as public safety officials. Retail and pet-services may begin with curbside drop-offs, While construction and office space may open again with skeleton crews. We ask that you assist any employees who live with high-risk individuals by making alternative arrangements. Businesses will also need to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for all employees, as well as develop and retain on file a detailed protection plan.

(Lists of PPE vendors and models for protection plans can be

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Information technology can combat coronavirus, get employees back to work: Salesforce CEO

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During an interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said his company is prepared to enter into the “back to work phase” by using information technology to combat the coronavirus outbreak and get the economy back on track.

“We realized when we get back to work, it’s gonna be different than when we left 90 days ago, and that when we come back, we’re going to need ways to really mitigate our interactions with the virus,” Benioff said. “Information technology is one of the ways that we’re going to be mitigating how we interact every day with the virus.”

This week, Salesforce rolled out a set of tools for businesses that are looking to reopen, including contact tracing, worker health checks and shift management. Benioff said the

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