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Source: Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index; Chart: Axios Visuals

Even as the Delta variant continues to spread across the U.S., America’s workforce is relatively unconcerned about its job security.

Driving the news: According to the latest Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index survey, the share of individuals who think they might lose their jobs in the next four weeks is far lower than when the wave of COVID outbreaks hit last fall.

Why it matters: The survey responses imply that workers across all income brackets aren’t bracing for another round of business closures or lockdowns in response to the virus. It may also show increasing awareness of the shifting power dynamics — in favor of workers — wrought by the Great Resignation.

The details: About 17% of individuals making less than $50,000 per year said they are worried about job loss in the next month, down from 18% in July — and compared to 28% last November and December.

  • Of those making $50,0000-$100,000 per year, 11% are worried about their job security. That’s actually up from 10% last month, but it’s down from 21.5% last November.
  • In the $100,000 and up category, just 7% are worried about losing their jobs, down from around 16% in November and December.

Of note: The lower income group, which includes loads of public-facing hospitality workers, saw the biggest jump in job security concerns between October 2020 and January 2021, while the other two inched up only mildly.

  • But during this wave, so far, both the low and high-income groups' worry levels actually went down slightly.

The bottom line: "The Delta variant hasn’t materially affected people's jobs, so when we look at pay income losses across the income spectrum, they're largely stable," Morning Consult chief economist John Leer tells Axios.

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Almost 15% of high-paying job listings are now remote

Reproduced from Ladders Inc.; Note: Data includes jobs with annual salaries of $80,000 or more; Chart: Axios Visuals

More and more jobs that can be done from your bedroom are showing up on the high-paying end of the help-wanted spectrum, according to research by Ladders Inc., a job search site.

Why it matters: There's the potential for greater work-life balance for executives and others in the high-earning realm — and there's more hope of the same for people who aspire to that echelon.

Social Security benefits to increase by almost 6% in 2022

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Social Security benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 5.9% next year, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: It's the largest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years as inflation continues to tick up largely from supply chain issues, according to AP.

Unruly customers threaten economic recovery

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The pace of the economic recovery hinges in part on workers returning to jobs that involve dealing with an unpredictable public. But many of those workers say increasingly combative customers — angry about everything from long wait times to mask mandates — have prompted them to quit.

The big picture: Aggressive and violent clashes between customers and service workers over COVID safety protocols over the past nearly two years have led to prison sentences, fines and deaths.