Reply To: Surge of Migrants Heading North Has Chicago, New York at a ‘Breaking Point’

  • outdoorsguy

    January 2, 2024 at 9:41 am

    American workers are snubbing low-wage jobs that can’t be done remotely, new job search data shows.

    In May 2022 the U.S. Chamber surveyed unemployed workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic to gain more insight on what is keeping them from returning to work. Here are a few of the key findings

    Two thirds (66%) of Americans who lost their full-time job during the pandemic say they are only somewhat active or not very active at all in searching for a new job.

    About half (49%) are not willing to take jobs that do not offer the opportunity for remote work.

    These sectors include childcare, food preparation and service, personal care and home health, and loading and stocking

    Younger respondents, aged 25-34, are prioritizing personal growth over searching for a job right now; 36% say they’re more focused on acquiring new skills, education or training before re-entering the job market.

    Net International Migration to the U.S. is at its lowest levels in decades

    U.S. Census Bureau data shows that net international migration to the U.S. only contributed to a 247,000 person increase to the U.S. population between 2020 and 2021. Compared to the prior decade’s high of a 1,049,000 increase in our population between 2015 and 2016 due to immigration, the impact that immigration has had on U.S. population growth dropped by 76%.

    Construction jobs are plentiful, but workers are scarce

    The construction industry faces a dire labor shortage. The number of construction job openings jumped by 129,000 in February 2023.

    That stands in contrast to the overall job market, where total job openings dipped to 9.9 million in February (down 632,000 from January).

    Even with more money to repair rundown roads and build new bridges, worker shortages loom over an industry already strapped for people. And, with fewer workers, projects could take longer to complete, becoming more expensive as they drag on.

    More workers are leaving the construction industry than entering it. The labor shortage doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon and though it’s a significant challenge, hiring a full staff is vital for contractors to protect their firm’s reputation and employees’ health.