What is causing the labour shortage? Where have all the workers gone?

What is causing the labour shortage? Where have all the workers gone?

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  1. There isn’t a shortage of workers, there’s just a shortage of businesses willing to pay wages that workers will accept. It’s so hilarious how the “free market” crowd is so outraged by the fact that labor is in high demand, and thus costs more. I guess it’s only fair when a corporation is reducing the supply of their product to drive up the price, but it’s not fair when workers do the same with their labor.

  2. The U.S. Chamber [surveyed](https://www.uschamber.com/workforce/new-updated-poll-the-covid-19-unemployed) unemployed workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic on what is keeping them from returning to work. Nearly one in three (33%) women indicated that the need to be home and care for children or other family members has made the return to work difficult or impossible. More than a quarter (28%) of men indicated that their industry was still suffering and not enough good jobs were not available to return to work.

  3. Millions of women were pushed out of the workforce during the pandemic because they were some of the first to be fired and/or their kids’ schools closed and they couldn’t find/afford childcare.

  4. It depends. On one hand, low salaries, toxic work environment etc. can influence labour shortages in some industries. On the other hand, there are people who like easy money or don’t want to work at all.

  5. I believe that a lot of people invested in themselves and started side hustles that they decided to make full time careers. When I check Indeed – it’s always entry level jobs that are constantly posted. I know someone who started selling coconut water on the weekends and actually turned it into a full time career.

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