U.S. Chamber Poll Reveals Return-to-Work Barriers, Mounting Workforce Crisis
7 Jun, 2021
- Half (49%) of Americans who lost their job during the pandemic report they are not active at all or not very active in searching for new employment. Less than a third (32%) report that they are strongly active in their job search.
- Six in 10 respondents (61%) say they are in no hurry to return to work. Three in 10 (30%) say they do not expect to return to work this year, with more than half of those (13% of the total) saying they never plan to return to work.
- One in eight (13%) who became unemployed during the pandemic and remain unemployed have turned down at least one job offer in the past year.
- One in six (16%) not actively seeking work say the amount of money they are receiving from unemployment benefits and government programs makes it “not worth looking” for jobs. Even more—28 percent of all respondents—agree that “there are a lot of people who are not looking for work because they can do almost or just as well collecting unemployment benefits.”
- Other common factors contributing to unemployed Americans not looking for work include childcare and other family care needs (24%), a lack of available jobs due in sectors that are still suffering (28%), and COVID-19 concerns (26%).
- One in four survey respondents (23%) say they lack the skills or experience necessary for most of the jobs available right now.