(USNewsMag.com) – During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a concern about surging unemployment. But now that the country nears the end of the second year, the tables have turned and now there is a labor shortage. The Biden Administration isn’t sure how to handle the problem.
During an interview with Axios on HBO, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh acknowledged the ongoing worker shortage across the country. In September, only 194,000 people took new jobs, lower than economists’ expectations. Walsh said he believes people aren’t ready to go back to work for a number of reasons. Among these include concerns about the pandemic, and disagreements between the vaccinated and unvaccinated. He also suggested some Americans may be trying to figure out long-term career plans.
Walsh said he doesn’t understand though why some positions, like those in schools, are going unfilled.
Meanwhile, as companies and local governments struggle to hire people to fill their positions, President Joe Biden is implementing rules to make that harder. On September 9, he issued a vaccine/testing mandate for all companies with more than 100 employees. Democratic cities are also issuing mandates. These leftist policies at the federal and local level are causing some Americans to quit their jobs.
It seems that if the administration truly wants to get people back to work, it should review its own job-killing mandates.
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