The Daily Rundown (8/6)

Here are the stories you need to know August 6, 2021


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Here’s your business brief —  We start with the July jobs report. 

According to the Labor Department, report the economy added  a staggering 943,000 jobs. That’s significantly higher than what was expected. Economists forecasted non-farm payrolls would come in at 845,000. These jobs come alongside sliding unemployment numbers coming in at 5.4%. This comes despite the concerning delta variant which has slowed reopening efforts across the country. To no surprise, the hospitality industry led the growth adding 380,000 new jobs. This could stagnate in months to come as new restrictions pop up. In places like Austin, Texas, public health officials have called on patrons to opt from curbside and delivery when dining out. The education industry also added quite a few jobs. The sector filed 253,000 positions as the new school year ramps up. 

Meanwhile, Yelp is stepping in to help the vaccinated. The business review platform has added new features to help consumers navigate vaccine  requirements at businesses. In a statement yesterday the company announced two new features businesses can have including “Proof of vaccination required” and “All staff fully vaccinated.” This comes as cities, states and businesses crack down on those who aren’t vaccinated. New York recently implemented a new requirement that restaurants and gyms must require proof of vaccination for entry. 

Amazon is also scaling back reopening plans amid the uptick in cases. The e-commerce giant is set to reopen its offices on January 3, 2022. The Seattle based tech giant had originally planned to have employees return to corporate campuses on September 7th. Amazon’s move comes alongside a slew of other tech giants scaling back reopening plans including Google, Twitter and Facebook. 

Now to the skies—

United Airlines is joining the growing list of companies requiring its employees to get vaccinated although it is the first airline to do so. The Chicago based air carrier will require all of its 67,000 workers to get their shots by October 25. If not, they could lose their jobs.,It’s not totally surprising. In June the airline announced new hires would need to be vaccinated as a condition of employment and that their current employees have restricted opportunities if they opted not to get their shots. United wasn’t the only airline to take those measures. Delta made similar moves.

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  1. Some Florida School Districts Will Require Masks. The Governor May Cut Their Funding (NPR)

  2. Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel as Risk of Escalation Looms (New York Times

  3. Apple to scan iPhones for child sex abuse images (BBC)

  4. Study warns of 'irreversible transition' in ocean currents that could rapidly freeze parts of North America (USA Today)

  5. South African trial shows J&J vaccine effective against delta variant (The Hill)


OUT YESTERDAY: I wrote an important piece about the history of mandatory vaccinations. I debunked and challenged this false talking point that mandatory vaccinations are unprecedented and a violation of civil liberties. (Observer)

Job training programs are surging since the pandemic. I sat down with Caren Marrick CEO of Virginia Ready, one of the most successful programs in the country now on (Business Brief)

Businesses across the country are in the process of developing their plans to return to the office but not everyone is excited about it. I sat down with one executive coach, Naz Baheshti who has advice for employers on (Business Brief)

I sat down with Olivia Holt, the star of ‘Cruel Summer’ to discuss her approach to the nuances of trauma (Observer)

For TYT I wrote about How Massive Companies Sidestepped Their Vows To Uphold Democracy (TYT)


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By Andy Hirschfeld
Andy Hirschfeld is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He’s a contributing writer to numerous publications including TYT, Al Jazeera English, Observer, The Daily Dot, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CS Monitor, OZY, Fortune, and Mic among others. He’s the anchor of Business Brief, a nationally syndicated business news update and interview program. Previously he produced for CBS and CNN.