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Here’s Why 100 Million Americans Weren’t Working This Month

  • Census shows majority are either retired, sick or disabled
  • Covid still play large role in keeping wokers on sideline


Photographer: David McNew/Getty Images

About 100 million Americans weren’t working in early October, according the Census Bureau, and some of the reasons may come as a surprise.

Almost half of the respondents are retired, which is to be expected given the size of the baby boomer generation and the fact that many exited the labor market early during the pandemic. Another 12% were either sick from an illness unrelated to Covid or disabled.