U.S. labor shortages present a challenge to rebuilding the U.S. economy

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The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics Openings and Labor Turnover survey showed that 4.3 million Americans quit their job in August. This was even before the Biden Administration started forcing people out of work over the vaccine mandate.

Workers are demanding higher pay, better benefits, and improved working conditions, Professor Robert Bruno, director of the labor education program at the University of Illinois Chicago, told The State Journal-Register.

Some theorize that the government money kept people out of the labor force when stimulus and extended unemployment were being handed out during the pandemic. However, in one experiment, a man in Florida applied to 60 jobs in 30 days and found that most employers were not actually ready to hire help, and wages were far too low for anyone to reasonably work and live in the area.

He concluded that it was less about the federal handouts and more about the number of employers that were serious about employing a person at a living wage.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) will take place November 15 - 21, 2021. NAW is a nationwide celebration, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, in which industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeships for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. 

"Apprenticeships are a proven model for developing the talent pipeline," said a NAW spokesperson.

Talent is one aspect, but ensuring businesses can meet the demands of inflation and higher taxes is also an area the U.S. government must address to take a holistic approach to the issue of labor shortages.

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