(UnitedVoice.com) -There’s a countrywide labor shortage in the United States, brought on by the pandemic. As the economy began to improve, experts expected the labor shortage to ease. Unfortunately, it seems to be getting worse.
According to an October 12 Labor Department report, millions of Americans quit their jobs in August. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover report showed 4.3 million people left their employer. That is the highest number since 2000.
Paging Labor @SecMartyWalsh
Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in August
4.3 million pppl quit in August, the highest on records dating back to December 2000..nearly 3% of the workforce. https://t.co/jAF8UrSXwP
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) October 12, 2021
Among those who quit their jobs in August were 534,000 healthcare workers. That was an increase from 2020 of 130,000 workers. They have been under an incredible amount of strain during the pandemic. Medical workers have faced long hours, illnesses, PPE shortages and now a vaccine mandate. Recently, President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees is forcing many healthcare workers to quit their jobs because they aren’t comfortable getting vaccinated.
As a result of the healthcare worker shortage, some states have had to call in the National Guard to help with patient care. In New York, Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed an executive order permitting herself to allow nurses to come out of retirement to help.
If President Joe Biden’s administration is truly concerned with ending the pandemic labor shortage, he needs to implement policies to help coax people back to work — like ending forced vaccinations.
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