(STL.News) With the COVID-19 pandemic winding down, people expect Americans to return to work within the next few months. However, the return to work isn’t happening as quickly as many would like. In fact, America experienced a devastating job report miss last week. Now, politicians are debating why Americans are refusing to return to work. Some argue that people aren’t going back to work because they’re getting more from unemployment benefits. Others claim that they’re worried about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
What is the truth? Why are so many Americans staying home?
The Ongoing Debate
Right now, America is going through a resurgence after the COVID-19 pandemic. States are removing their COVID-19 lockdowns, and businesses are opening their doors. Despite many states reopening, the unemployment rate in the United States is still incredibly high. It is near 6% and climbed slightly higher during the latest jobs report. According to the recent report, the national unemployment rate climbed from 6% to 6.1%. Economists expected the number to go in the opposite direction, but this didn’t happen.
Now, governors are working swiftly to rectify the problem and get people back to work. In April of 2021, it was revealed that more than 100 million people were not in the labor force.