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Delta variant slows job growth

A Nordstrom store in Florida advertises immediate job openings in May 2021. Associated Press/Photo by Marta Lavandier

Delta variant slows job growth

U.S. employers added only 196,000 positions last month, down from 336,000 new jobs in August. The Labor Department’s September data showed disappointing metrics for job growth as companies continue struggling to fill open positions and the pandemic stalls office returns and hiring. Enhanced unemployment benefit programs ended in early September, but there was no surge in job applicants. The unemployment rate fell from 5.2 percent to 4.8, which President Joe Biden called “real economic progress.” But more than 180,000 people who lost their jobs during the pandemic are not looking for new ones and do not count as unemployed. In the recession following March 2020, U.S. workers lost 22 million jobs. So far, employers have added 17 million back.

Why aren’t people going back to work? Economists had hoped more parents would reenter the workforce when school started in September. But rising rates of school quarantines are keeping families home. Some parents have decided to keep young children at home rather than enroll them in daycare. Retirement rates are also surging. Economists are confused that hiring remains low while job openings sit at a record high.

Dig deeper: Listen to David Bahnsen discuss economic incentives and the job market on The World and Everything in It podcast.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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The politics in Australia surrounding covid & vaccine policy and jobs.


The number of nurses that have left their jobs due to vaccine mandates, the teachers, firefighters, and pilots that may leave their jobs due to the mandate demonstrate that political policies are part of the picture.
In New South Wales, Australia the prime minister resigned due to allegedly taking a huge bribe from Pfizer to enforce vaccine policy. Now a Fair Workers Commission has released a document that states employers cannot mandate that their employees get the vaccine. The vaccine does not prevent infection and does not prevent transmission of covid.


I’m not a scientist, but I have studied science and I do believe that the covid delta variant is a virus and cannot make any economic decisions. Economic and employment decisions are typically done by political bodies e.g. vaccine mandates that force parents to keep their kids out of school, shutting down non- essential businesses and paying people not to work.