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Virus-induced changes in economy have long-lasting effects | Connecticut & Region

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As the year draws to a close, the Journal Inquirer has compiled a list of the Top 10 Stories of 2021. This is the next in that series, which concludes on Dec. 31.

A year after one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Recession, 2021 ushered in renewed hope that COVID-19 vaccines would restore some sense of normalcy.

But new variants of the virus complicated plans for a full comeback. Some large companies were forced to lay off workers, while other companies, especially those in the restaurant and retail industries, are desperately looking to fill vacancies.

New workforce trends emerged this year, partly in response to the precarious nature of the pandemic. Many companies chose to adopt a remote work model where employees could work from home, leading to empty office space.

Also, a large number of workers…

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