Fast Five

SWC’s Fast Five

More students give college a bad grade, states that cut jobless benefits early don’t see a jump in job growth, travel agents are having a moment, more pot smokers get behind the wheel for Amazon deliveries and here’s just one reason you need that travel agent – international airlines say your cloth masks are not good enough!

So, here’s this week’s Fast Five:

1 Students are skipping college

More and more employers are nixing college degrees as a hiring requirement as students due to the pandemic are debating whether college is worth the cost – especially when it may no longer be necessary to get a high-paying job.

2 Benefits haven’t hurt jobs

States that ended enhanced federal unemployment benefits early have so far seen about the same job growth as states that continued offering pandemic-related extra aid.

3 Travel agents make a comeback

Travel agents had lost ground to do-it-yourself online booking but are now back in business as travel has grown difficult thanks to virus-related complexity, cancellations, delays, border restrictions and testing requirements.

4 Amazon’s answer to a delivery driver shortage – recruit pot smokers

Amazon is advising its delivery partners to prominently advertise that they are not screening applicants for marijuana use. Doing so appears to boost the number of job applicants by as much as 400 percent.

5 Some airlines start banning fabric face masks

It’s no longer a question of wearing a face mask on some airlines, but the correct face mask. Some international airlines are banning fabric face masks and requiring surgical masks that will meet medical guidelines.