Late last summer, the U.S. government pulled the plug on $300-per-week bonus checks for unemployed Americans. The bonuses were intended to help citizens who had lost their livelihoods while pandemic restrictions limited operations. After the extra paycheck supplements ended, folks would snap up millions of empty jobs, right? Wrong. Employers wait with “Help Needed” postings galore. Where are all the job seekers?
Labor shortages have persisted longer than economists expected. The hardest hit industries are retail, construction, food service, and manufacturing.
Companies eager to add workers have posted a near-record number of available jobs. Yet unemployment remains elevated. Are people simply not working? And if so, how are they paying their bills?
Economists see many reasons millions of Americans aren’t returning to the workforce. Some still fear contracting COVID-19. Others lack child care. Some older, more wealthy workers decided to retire early.
The pandemic appears also to have caused a priority re-evaluation. People like Rachel Montgomery say they’ve decided to spend more time with family. Montgomery lost a catering job last year. She says she’s “pickier” about where she’ll work now.
“Once you’ve stayed home with your kids and family like this, who wants to physically have to go back to work?” Montgomery asks.
Others want more work flexibility. Richard von Glahn of Missouri Jobs with Justice says, “Employers have a role in creating a work environment and offering a package that provides workers the security they need.”
Plus, laid-off workers received three stimulus checks in 18 months in addition to the federal jobless aid. They may have built larger cash cushions than they had before the pandemic. Plumper bank accounts keep some folks from rushing back to work.
Sarah Hamby is a job seeker. But the positions available now require skills she doesn’t have. “I feel too old to go off and get educated or trained to do other type of work,” she says.
God made humans to work. Work is one way of obeying and honoring the Creator just as it was for Adam and Eve—in the garden and after. (Genesis 2:15, 3:17-19) Sin made work more difficult, but its importance remains. The Bible says, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
Rosalie Drago is Commissioner of Labor for Suffolk County, New York. After a couple of unpredictable years, she believes people are waiting to see what happens next. “There’s been a lot of talk about ‘people don’t want to work,’ and that’s not the case,” Drago says. “People are trying to figure out what’s stable.”
Why? While God created work and considers it good, there are many factors to understand in a modern economy about what types of work people choose to do and under what conditions.
so most people need to work
so most people need to work , yet more this year want to stay at home because of better pay from government checks ect .
I have a solution to the
I have a solution to the worker shortages. The government should stop handing out money to people and stop firing people who won't get vaccinated. My mother was fired because her hospital was requiring her to get vaccinated. They fired everyone who refused to get the vaccine, even the people who had medical reasons
yes! I totally agree with you .
Thank you Brooke. There is a lawsuit going on against my mother's hospital and it is going well. My mom might be able to join soon.
It just sucks because my mom
It just sucks because my mom worked at that hospital for 30 years and she worked through the pandemic and they just booted her out because she wouldn't bow down to authority. But we know she did the right thing and made the decision that God wanted her too.
I'm sorry to here about your mom losing her job .
I am wanting to get a job this next summer other than on our farm, and because of this reason it probably will not be hard. It is sad though that people won't work. I can understand family time, but still - can't you work some?
@Morgan: Oh my I am so sorry about your Mom. That is really frustrating. Luckily, my Dad pretty much works for my grandpa and himself, so he won't get fired. My family made the same decision as your Mom in not getting the vaccine. Sadly, I think it is really going to restrict us, but we believe that is what God wants us to do. I really hope your Mom and other fired workers win the lawsuit and she can go back to work!
sorry about your mom
sorry about your mom
Welllllll- when the
Welllllll- when the government pays people to sit on their ass and do nothing, then stores lose people working and they either are low staffed or go out of business.
I hope your mom gets her job back! forcing people to take the vaccines is very unconstitutional.
@Riley I want to get a summer job too, there is going to be a new Chick Fil A very close to my house and I'm going to apply but my mom already talked to someone at another Chick Fil A and they said that, that location they wanted to hire older workers as of rn but it could change. (im only 14)
The hospital lost the lawsuit! yayyyy. So now they can't require the vaccine and they have to pay repercussionss You can look up the case against NorthShore and see.