Several Million U.S. Workers Seen Staying Out of Labor Force Indefinitely

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Wsj really beating that “everyone is lazy” drum by framing a survey about a return to several pre-covid activities as one about people returning to work. So a respondent says they won’t return to indoor dining and that translates to “millions will not return to work”.


Can someone explain to me how they got to 3.5 million people missing? I looked at the chart in the article, we’ve basically returned to pre pandemic levels, at most a few tens of thousand short of where we were. The chart includes a projection about job growth since the great recession, but even that doesn’t show 3.5 million missing people, more like a half million if we had continued on the same trajectory. The article does include the anecdote of a 60 something, immune compromised man decided to take an early retirement and reference that a fair amount of low wage female workers with families but without college degrees are not planning on returning to retail/service jobs


Hardly surprising due to the relatively low pay and inflation. Especially in homes with kids. Childcare prices are ridiculous, why not stay home and actually provide a good parental environment. And you can forget about most jobs keeping up with the CoL.


How can working class people afford to stay out of the workforce “indefinitely”? This doesn’t make sense to me. I read an article that said people are *returning* to work because inflation and rising costs of living are taking huge bites out of their savings, so they have to return to work. If you don’t, of course they’ll risk falling into homelessness.


Improving mental health issues can be much easier to focus on when you have time to focus on them. Assumes you have the financial situation to do so, of course.