Jul 2, 2021 - Economy & Business

Americans with working spouses less likely to urgently seek jobs

Reproduced from Indeed Hiring Lab; Chart: Axios Visuals

Having a working spouse has kept many unemployed Americans from scrambling to find a job.

Why it matters: U.S. employers continue to struggle with labor shortages despite employment levels being far below where they were before the pandemic.

By the numbers: According to the Indeed Hiring Lab, 20.9% of unemployed workers say that having an employed spouse has kept them from urgently seeking work.

Zoom out: Whether it's bloated savings, unemployment insurance checks, or a spouse who's bringing home the bacon, it's clear that many folks with the means to stay out of the workforce will remain on the sidelines.

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