*SMLR-Net: Selected news on labor and employment relations & human resource management*
*May 24, 2021*
*Title:* Labor Market Mysteries; Plus, Signs of Life
*Author:* Sam Sanders, Jinae West, Andrea Gutierrez, Sylvie Douglis, Liam McBain & Jordana Hochman
*Date:* May 21, 2021
*Summary:* The U.S. unemployment rate is still high... so why are we in a labor shortage? Sam chats with Stacey Vanek Smith, host of NPR's *The Indicator*, and Cardiff Garcia, former co-host of *The Indicator*, about the American job market and why businesses are having such a hard time hiring.
*Title:* N.J. Unemployment Agents Would Be Assigned to State Offices Under Bill on Murphy’s Desk
*Source:* NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
*Author:* Sophie Nieto-Munoz
*Date:* May 23, 2021
*Summary:* Unemployment claims handlers would be assigned to each legislative district and partisan office to aid constituents facing issues with their benefits under a bill headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.
*Title:* Small Businesses Have Surged in Black Communities. Was It the Stimulus?
*Source:* The New York Times
*Author:* Quoctrung Bui
*Date:* May 24, 2021
*Summary:* New research finds a big rise in new businesses despite the pandemic, particularly in predominantly Black neighborhoods.
*Title:* Most Institutions Are Resuming or Even Restoring the Retirement Benefits Cut During COVID-19
*Source:* Inside Higher Ed
*Author:* Colleen Flaherty
*Date:* May 24, 2021
*Summary:* For the most part, institutions are resuming the faculty and staff retirement benefits they cut or stopped during the pandemic. Fights over the future of those benefits are being waged on some campuses.
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