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Recovery surprise: sidelined workers stay put

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Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

It's a recovery quirk few saw coming: Vaccines are flowing and there’s fresh proof wages are rising — but it’s not enough to entice more sidelined workers back into the labor force.

What’s new: The economy added an impressive 850,000 jobs last month.

June brings jump in jobs, pickup in pay

Data: BLS; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans are going back to work at a faster clip — and getting paid more to do so.

Driving the news: The U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 850,000 jobs in June. Average hourly earnings jumped 3.6% from a year ago, in a continuation of the trend seen over the past two months.

Americans with working spouses less likely to urgently seek jobs

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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.

Company-wide vacations could be the future of paid time off

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vacation rarely feels like vacation if there's extra work to do before and after to make up for the time taken off. That's why startups and Fortune 500 firms alike are rethinking the structure of paid time off, extending company-wide vacations.

Why it matters: The pandemic exacerbated burnout at work, and that's a major contributor to "the great resignation," in which upward of 40% of workers are actively considering leaving their jobs.

Workers are overcoming COVID fears

Data: U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey; Chart: Axios Visuals

COVID-19 fears are receding in the U.S., and this trend will have more and more Americans returning to work.

Why it matters: A slew of factors have kept Americans on the sidelines despite robust demand for workers, leading to labor shortages and inflation in some categories.

Most Americans say jobs are easy to find

Data: The Conference Board; Chart: Axios Visuals

Just because many Americans are out of work doesn’t mean they can't find a job.

Why it matters: Labor shortages continue to hold back economic growth as virus fears, child care issues and extra unemployment insurance benefits keep workers on the sidelines.

Fast-food hiring frenzy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Frantically trying to hire workers, fast-food franchises are offering aggressive incentives to get candidates in the door.

Why it matters: Hourly workers are hard to find, just as people are starting to venture out to restaurants and take vacations that should include lots of fast food stops.

Jun 30, 2021 - Economy & Business

Why almost no one is looking hard for a job

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

There are around 10 million unemployed Americans and over 9 million open positions. But most people aren't urgently seeking out those jobs.

The big picture: For the first time in decades, workers have the power to be choosy.

Unemployment lifeline disappears

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's not just the extra $300. A subset of workers around the country is getting shut out of the unemployment system altogether.

Driving the news: Of the 26 states cutting topped-up benefits, all but four are ending (or have already ended) the program that allowed self-employed, gig and freelance workers to collect jobless aid.

Co-working spaces prioritize "wellness" as well as WiFi

A conference table at The Ring in Clearwater, Florida. Photo: Kim Hart / Axios

CLEARWATER, Florida — A co-working space called The Ring is taking the healthy workplace concept up a notch.

Why it matters: As people return to work after the pandemic, some office spaces are betting that workers would prefer to spend their days in health-conscious spaces.