If you’ve been having a hard time filling job openings, you’re not alone. Around 4 million adults aren’t looking for jobs, not because they’re scarce but because of worries about catching the coronavirus.
A year after the pandemic arrived in the U.S., 8.4 million fewer Americans are holding jobs.
There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important and least spoken about is fear.
A U.S. Census survey done in mid-March found that approximately 4.2 million adults are not working because they fear getting or spreading the coronavirus.
This helps to explain why some companies say labor is hard to find even though the unemployment rate is 6%. It looks like the only thing that will change this is our ability to get this virus under control.
Their fear is real.
Here’s how to overcome this.