Stories From the Great American Labor Shortage: An Update

We speak to businesses scrambling to find workers — and the former employees unwilling to return to those jobs.

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Initial unemployment claims last week fell to a half-century low.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the figure fell to 199,000, a milestone in the economic recovery from the shock of the pandemic.

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October Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Added 531,000 Jobs

The showing was a significant improvement from the previous month and a sign that employers are feeling more optimistic as the latest coronavirus surge eases.

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The Economic Rebound Is Still Waiting for Workers

Despite school reopenings and the end of some federal aid, many people are in no rush to land a job. Savings and health concerns are playing a role.

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Why More American Workers Are Quitting

Since the pandemic’s start, Americans seem to be rethinking their lives.

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A Deserved Nobel Economics Prize Reminds Us Facts Matter

A well-deserved Nobel reminds us why facts seem to have a liberal bias.

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The New Jobs Numbers Are Pretty Good, Actually

They fell far short of analyst expectations, but they reflect a steady expansion that is more rapid than other recent recoveries.

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The New Jobs Report Numbers Are Pretty Good, Actually

They fell far short of analyst expectations, but they reflect a steady expansion that is more rapid than other recent recoveries.

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September 2021 Jobs Report Shows Gain of Just 194,000 as Delta Persisted

The Labor Department’s latest monthly survey was taken when the variant was near its peak.

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Poverty in the U.S. Declined Thanks to Government Aid, Census Report Shows

Taking into account government benefits, a smaller share of the population was living in poverty in 2020 even as the pandemic eliminated millions of jobs.

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Rescue the System That Rescues Our Workers

The structure of unemployment insurance is broken and does little to help those who pay into it.

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800,000 New Yorkers Just Lost Federal Unemployment Benefits

Many pandemic-era federal programs expired on Sunday, leaving jobless New Yorkers with more modest state unemployment benefits, or no aid at all.

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Unemployment Benefits Expire for Millions Without Pushback From Biden

The president has encouraged some states to continue helping the long-term unemployed, but administration officials say it was time for enhanced federal aid to end.

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The Labor Shortage Is Empowering Workers to Demand Better Jobs

Workers have decided they’re not content to settle for demeaning, low-paid work. Can employers take the hint?

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The End of Unemployment Benefits Can Push People Back to Work

Job seekers are more likely to accept an offer when their extra federal jobless benefits expire.

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Unemployment Benefits to Millions Are About to End

The abrupt loss of pandemic unemployment benefits on a broad scale could have long-term effects not only for the recipients but also for the economy.

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Workers Don’t Want Their Old Jobs on the Old Terms

A pandemic lesson: You can say no to bad pay and conditions.

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Cutting off jobless benefits early may have hurt state economies.

Prematurely ending federal programs had little effect on pushing people back to work, researchers find, but sharply cut their spending.

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June Jobs Report Shows an 850,000 Gain, Better Than Expected

The Labor Department data follows several promising signs about the economic outlook.

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Where Jobless Benefits Were Cut, Jobs Are Still Hard to Fill

Missouri scrapped federal pay to the unemployed, saying it kept people out of the labor market. But so far, workers still seem to be choosy.

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What the Rich Don’t Want to Admit About the Poor

Why do we leave millions of people in poverty? The answer should make us uncomfortable.

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Republicans, Don’t Ignore the Evidence on ‘Labor Shortages’

The latest jobs report shows just how misguided their plans to cut unemployment benefits are.

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Federal Unemployment Aid Is Now a Political Lightning Rod

Republican-led states are cutting off relief months ahead of schedule, citing openings aplenty. Some jobless workers face hardships and tough choices.

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Biden Says Enhanced Unemployment Benefits Will Expire Soon

As Republicans blame enhanced unemployment insurance for slower-than-expected job gains, the White House stresses that the benefit will expire in September as planned.

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The Jobs Report Shows Why Some Unemployment Is Here to Stay

The unemployed and potential employers are like single people at a giant mixer — there are opportunities, but most won’t find the perfect match right away.

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May 2021 Jobs Report: U.S. Adds 559,000 to Payrolls

Many employers report having trouble finding applicants. Economists say the labor market may simply need time to get sorted out.

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Americans Don’t Want to Return to Lousy Low Wage Jobs

But it’s helping people finally be picky about turning down lousy jobs.

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To Motivate Workers, Republican Governors Experiment With Pain

Why does the federal government tolerate stingy state unemployment programs?

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Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know

The companies say they are charging extra because they don’t have enough drivers to match rebounding customer demand.

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Tax Day 2021: Here’s What You Need to Know

The I.R.S. said tax filers who needed more time could have an extra month. The federal tax deadline has arrived.

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Unemployment Job Search Requirements Return. Is It Too Soon?

The requirement, eased because of the pandemic, is being reimposed. Some say it presents an undue hardship.

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Panicking About That Jobs Report? Breathe. Look at the Data.

Federal unemployment benefits are an unlikely reason for the underwhelming April jobs numbers.

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Luring Labor as a Beach Economy Booms

Restaurants are cutting lunch hours and gas stations are paying signing bonuses as a beach town’s boom serves as a possible preview to the nation.

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Biden Defends Unemployment Benefits, Provided Workers Accept Job Offers

The president’s comments and a raft of policy announcements were a pushback to Republican criticism of his economic plan after a disappointing jobs report on Friday.

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Republicans Are Still Waging War on Workers

Times are good? Punish the unemployed. Times are bad? Punish the unemployed.

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Automatic Aid for the People? How Jobless Benefits Can Fit the Economy.

The pandemic showed the flaws in the American approach to help the unemployed. Alternatives exist.

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Unemployment Is High. Why Are Businesses Struggling to Hire?

Health concerns, expanded jobless benefits and still being needed at home are among the reasons would-be workers might be staying away.

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Signs of Economic Hope Are Growing, Some With Superlatives

Soaring retail sales and a sharp drop in jobless claims are the latest reflection of a quickening recovery and suggest a year of remarkable growth.

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Unemployment claims data will shed new light on the economy.

The increasing pace of vaccinations — combined with the easing of restrictions on business and consumer activity in many states, and the arrival of stimulus funds — has helped lift hiring in recent weeks.

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NY Reaches Deal on $212 Billion Budget to Jump-Start Economic Recovery

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature have agreed to raise taxes on the wealthy and give aid to renters, businesses and undocumented immigrants.

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New York Reaches Deal on $212 Billion Budget to Jump-Start Recovery

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature have agreed to raise taxes on the wealthy and give aid to renters, businesses and undocumented immigrants.

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Why Are Jobless Claims Still High? For Some, It’s the Multiple Layoffs.

A California study shows the extent of dependence on benefits over the last year and how many people have shuttled in and out of work.

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How the U.S. Got It (Mostly) Right in the Economy’s Rescue

Though the recession has been painful, policymakers cushioned the pandemic’s blow and opened the way to recovery.

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In Nevada, Unemployed Workers Wait for Aid That Will Still Not Be Enough

Stimulus checks may be on their way, but those struggling to get by worry that the money will soon be gone. “Every morning I wake up thinking about where my help is going to come from,” one woman said.

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How Your 2020 Taxes Are Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

New rules, many of them temporary, give taxpayers breaks that can cut their tax bills or even generate extra refunds this year.

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Congress Clears $1.9 Trillion Aid Bill, Sending It to Biden

The sweeping legislation had no support from Republican lawmakers, who called it bloated and unaffordable. It will deliver emergency aid and broader assistance to low- and middle-income Americans.

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On Covid Relief, Democrats Deserve a Victory Lap

A giant aid package is what the country badly needed and what voters wanted.

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What’s in the Stimulus Bill? A Guide to Where the $1.9 Trillion Is Going

The measure passed by the Senate, and headed to the House for final approval before going to President Biden’s desk, contains money for direct checks, jobless benefits, state and local aid, and more.

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Here’s How the Senate Pared Back Biden’s Stimulus Plan

The $1.9 trillion package passed by the Senate on Saturday largely resembled the one that President Biden proposed. But several notable changes would affect Americans’ personal finances.

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Democrats Agree to Trim Unemployment Aid to Keep Stimulus Bill on Track

Bowing to moderates who said the jobless aid was too generous, Democrats dropped their bid to raise a weekly federal unemployment benefit to $400 from $300.

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