St. Cloud Times: Finding jobs during the pandemic: Staffing pros say they’re still out there

EXCERPT: “The novel coronavirus pandemic is changing how employers and job-seekers are connecting. Finding and applying for jobs online was common before COVID-19 eliminated much of the face-to-face interaction of our society. So what’s different now? ‘What has changed is how they access our services,’ said Joan Berning, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Field Operations Regional Manager at the CareerForce center in St. Cloud. CareerForce helps job-seekers start or change jobs and helps employers find workers.  As of Tuesday, 12,087 people had filed for unemployment in Stearns County since March 15, according to DEED. That is 13.1% of the county’s 2019 annual labor force. In Benton County, 3,446 people filed for unemployment in that same time period, and 8,179 people in Sherburne County had done so. In both counties, that is 15.6% of their 2019 annual labor forces.” FULL STORY: