High quit rate of American workers stings employers – top macroeconomic influencers
Economists believe career changes could lead to a healthier job market, as people gravitate toward better prospects that match their interests and skills.
James Picerno, financial reporter and business advisor for financial services firm Trustly, shared a story about American workers quitting their jobs for new opportunities at the highest rate in more than two decades as the pandemic wears off. Economists say this could be a healthy sign of recovery for the economy and also indicates higher wages for workers, but it could also be a factor in inflation.
While this could be an optimistic sign for professionals, it could add to the struggle companies are already facing as they try to keep pace with the economic recovery. The wave of quits, which experts call the risk of taking this job and pushing it, contrasts directly with the pandemic days when workers craved job security amid a national health and economic crisis.
According to the US Department of Labor, about 2.7% of the workforce had resigned from their positions in April 2021, a jump of 1.6% a year earlier to the highest level since the days of the pandemic . Despite high unemployment rates, workers are ready to quit and move on to better prospects as the change forces employers to raise wages and offer promotions to acquire talent.
Risk of taking this job and pushing it: American workers are quitting their jobs at the highest rate in more than two decades. Implications: Economists say this is a healthy sign of “attrition” for the economy. It is also a signal of rising wages, good for workers but also a factor of inflation: https://t.co/AT4iCa9nqe pic.twitter.com/4sWDvA4j1P
– James Picerno (@jpicerno) June 13, 2021
Austan Goolsbee, economist and Robert P. Gwinn professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, retweeted an article about Fed officials seeing retirements shrink the workforce as the pandemic is fading in the United States, shifting its course to reduce the buying of bonds to possibly raise interest rates, which could stimulate full employment.
The article explains how the Fed used February 2020 as a benchmark to understand what full employment would look like today, but now realizes that less job growth is needed to achieve full employment. As a result, policymakers have become less confident in recent weeks about the ability of the economy to recoup all of the jobs lost during the Covid-19 pandemic without boosting inflation.
Economists say employers created fewer jobs than expected in April and May, amid massive economic boom, rising wages and other factors indicating a shortage of workers. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate continued to decline, hitting a pandemic low of 5.8%. In addition, the number of people working or willing to work was still 3.5 million lower than in February 2020, while labor market participation stood at 61.6%, compared to 63.3% before the pandemic. The Fed believes that many factors related to the pandemic are holding back the workforce and will gradually fade away later this year.
Fed officials had used February 2020 as a benchmark for what full employment looks like. Not anymore: they see retirements reducing the active population, therefore less employment growth necessary to reach full employment than the February 2020 benchmark implied, @pkwsj reports. https://t.co/Iyhv9EtU5s pic.twitter.com/PiOPqctUan
– Greg Ip (@greg_ip) June 13, 2021
Diane Lim, Economist and Senior Advisor and Director of Outreach, Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), shared her take on the pandemic recession and how the recovery has been both educational and transformative for the economy American.
As a result, not only have people learned to combine their work with the rest of their lives, but they have also learned to quit the leisure and hospitality jobs that have disappeared due to the pandemic. She also said recent trends have illustrated the surge in locked-in demand for dating people looking for nearby restaurants rather than jobs in recent months, as restrictions were lifted and vaccinations advanced. .
The economic recession by some economists has also been referred to as She-cession, implying how it has had a huge impact on working women or single mothers who lost their jobs or were forced to cut back on market work. such as schools, care facilities for the elderly and daycare centers closed during the pandemic.
New blog post from me – a little reflective, meditative and personal – on the #pandemic recession and how the #recovery is not likely to take us to the same place we would have been if the pandemic had never happened. And why that’s probably a good thing. https://t.co/7tgtdmXzwS
– Diane Lim (@economistmom) June 13, 2021