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Jobs in these industries are already back to pre-pandemic levels

April 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 25: A UPS worker wheels packages near Washington Square Park on March 25, 2021 in New York City. After undergoing various shutdown orders for the past 12 months the city is currently in phase 4 of its reopening plan, allowing for the reopening of low-risk outdoor activities, movie and television productions, indoor dining as well as the opening of movie theaters, all with capacity restrictions. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

As the pandemic took hold in America last March, personal trainer Ross Pennise shut down the studio he had run for 20 years. He figured it would be for a relatively short period of time.

Here are some of the other sectors where jobs are already back to pre-pandemic levels:

What the Labor Department calls "couriers and messengers" also includes giant delivery companies such as UPS and FedEx. Jobs in the sector grew 17% between February 2020 and February 2021 -- a net gain of nearly 150,000 jobs, giving it the biggest percentage gain of any industry.

Even the US Postal Service, despite cost-cutting efforts last year, added 4,000 jobs, or a 2% gain, over the 12 months ending in February.

The pandemic has been a disaster for traditional brick-and-mortar stores -- the sector lost 363,000 jobs overall in the 12 months ending in February.

Walmart (WMT), the nation's largest private sector employer with 1. 6 million US employees, added 100,000 US jobs over the past year, a 7% gain, while Target added 41,000 jobs, or 11% growth.

Home Depot added 89,000 jobs worldwide, a 21% increase, while Lowe's added another 20,000, to grow employment 6%.

That sector of finance grew by 21,000 jobs, or a 7% gain, during the 12 months ending in February.

The Labor Department breaks out scientific research and development efforts, which added 32,000 jobs compared to February 2020, likely helped by the efforts of the nation pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccines to battle Covid-19, as well as other efforts to battle the pandemic.

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