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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Staggering stat: 53% of Americans would switch to a role in an entirely new industry if they had to opportunity to retrain, according to Prudential's latest Pulse of the American Worker Survey.

Why it matters: We've told you about the "great resignation" — how upwards of 40% of U.S. workers may quit their jobs post-pandemic. That reshuffling in the labor market could be even more dramatic than companies are expecting because nearly half of workers want to jump fields, not just jobs.

What's happening: The pandemic has caused a crisis of burnout and pushed millions of people to reconsider what fulfills them at work.

  • Of the workers that want to switch jobs or fields, 50% say they are looking for higher compensation, 34% want more growth opportunities and 24% are tired of working on the same things, per the survey.

But, but, but: The U.S. is not prepared to retrain workers at scale, experts say.

  • And without training programs giving workers the technical skills — like coding or accounting — they need to switch jobs, "you're going to find a real gap between what employers are looking for and what employees have," says Rob Falzon, vice chair of Prudential Financial.

The big picture: Retraining America's workforce was always going to become a national challenge as tech created new jobs and made old ones obsolete.

  • "But the need has become much more acute," says Falzon. "The AI thing was always in the next five years. What happened with the pandemic is that the five years forward got accelerated to today."

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Sep 29, 2021 - Podcasts

What's ahead for unvaccinated workers

175 healthcare workers at a North Carolina hospital system were fired yesterday because they wouldn’t get the COVID vaccine. It’s one of the country's biggest mass firings because of vaccine mandates to date. But, this is not just an issue playing out in health care. More and more companies are adding vaccine requirements to their job postings — across industries.

  • Plus, restaurant staff speak out about abuse they're facing.
  • And, the billions invested into anti-aging research.

Guests: Axios' Erica Pandey and Bryan Walsh; Axios Today listeners

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Alex Sugiura, and Michael Hanf. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Sep 30, 2021 - Axios Events

Amazon settles with fired tech workers who criticized company

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Amazon settled Wednesday with two former tech workers it fired after they criticized the e-commerce giant's management of warehouse workers and its impact on climate change.

Why it matters: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found in April that Amazon had illegally fired Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa.

AT&T mandates COVID vaccination for most unionized workers

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AT&T expanded its COVID-19 vaccine mandate Wednesday to employees who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union.

Why it matters: The communications giant is one of the biggest employers in the U.S. to require frontline workers to be vaccinated against the virus. The union said it represents some 90,000 AT&T workers, per AP.

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