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U.S. businesses struggle to find workers


A supermarket in Mayfield Heights, Ohio Associated Press/ Photo by Tony Dejak

U.S. businesses struggle to find workers

The American job market grew last month but not by nearly as much as expected. Employers added just 266,000 jobs in April compared to 770,000 in March.

Why the slowdown? The recovery from the pandemic recession is happening so quickly that businesses cannot rehire workers fast enough in the face of surging consumer demand. The federal government is still offering a $300-a-week unemployment benefit, which some employers say disincentivizes people who might return to work. Other people say they fear catching the virus on the job, and the supply chain for construction and manufacturing companies is still getting up-to-speed after widespread shutdowns.

Dig deeper: Listen to Sarah Schweinsberg’s report on The World and Everything in It podcast about business owners’ difficulties filling job positions.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas.

@lmlangdon

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NEWS2ME

We have a lot of jobs in Arizona. Recently, Target was offering $15/hr.

NEWS2ME

In Arizona healthy young people are allowed to stand on corners for handouts. (on gov't property where it says it's against the law) I would not call them homeless. They should be investigated as to why they have not applied for a job. They leave piles of trash. If they fingerprint every person loitering on gov't freeway access roads they might not do that. They should also find out if they pay taxes.