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U.S. Worker Shortage Not Likely to Ease Soon, Survey Shows

  • Chamber of Commerce poll shows 1 in 5 not active in job search
  • Pandemic incentives, stimulus payments have bolstered finances

Unemployed Americans are in no rush to get back to work anytime soon, suggesting labor shortages that have been afflicting employers across industries are likely to persist, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey shows.

Some 20% of respondents said they aren’t active at all in searching for work, while another 15% said they weren’t “very” engaged, according to the results of last month’s poll. Less than half of the 529 respondents who became unemployed during the pandemic say they have been “strongly active” in the job hunt.