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USA Back to work? (by MikeA [TX]) Jan 11, 2022 10:39 AM
       USA Back to work? (by NE [PA]) Jan 11, 2022 10:41 AM
       USA Back to work? (by Larry [MN]) Jan 11, 2022 10:57 AM
       USA Back to work? (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 11, 2022 11:29 AM
       USA Back to work? (by wmh [NC]) Jan 11, 2022 11:58 AM
       USA Back to work? (by Larry [MN]) Jan 11, 2022 12:27 PM
       USA Back to work? (by MikeA [TX]) Jan 11, 2022 1:18 PM
       USA Back to work? (by GKARL [PA]) Jan 11, 2022 1:33 PM
       USA Back to work? (by Richard [MI]) Jan 11, 2022 1:59 PM
       USA Back to work? (by NE [PA]) Jan 11, 2022 2:07 PM
       USA Back to work? (by Allym [NJ]) Jan 11, 2022 2:12 PM
       USA Back to work? (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 11, 2022 2:39 PM
       USA Back to work? (by S i d [MO]) Jan 11, 2022 2:58 PM
       USA Back to work? (by Ken [NY]) Jan 11, 2022 3:24 PM
       USA Back to work? (by MAP [NY]) Jan 11, 2022 3:30 PM

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USA Back to work? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 10:39 AM
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Interesting article that provides some evidence that people may go back to work soon.

Some highlights:

Census Bureau's "household pulse" survey, households report it is getting more difficult to pay bills

6.8% inflation is eroding buying power

Child tax credit expired in December

Savings rate rocketed from 8.3% to 33.8% in April 2020. It's back down to 6.9%

finance.yahoo.com/news/people-are-running-out-of-money-213744569.html

I certainly hope this is true but I know a couple of people who are still holding out on working with the excuse that they can't find child care. Funny, but several others with a few phone calls figured it out. I guess when there is no other option they will get back to work.

We went out to eat one evening last week and had to go to 3 of our favorite restaurants to find one open, the others had a note in the window that they didn't have enough help to open.

--209.16.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 10:41 AM
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If you have a mice infestation, remove the food source and they go elsewhere. Cheap labor always goes to the highest bidder and the last 2 years thatís been big Daddy government. --24.152.xxx.xx




USA Back to work? (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 10:57 AM
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I think restaurants are going to struggle for a long time. People here were out of work twice due to the pandemic.

Those jobs aren't great to begin with (low pay, irregular hours, nights, weekends, etc). I'd go work a construction job with normal 8 to 5 hours or daycare or retail or anything but a restaurant.

I've all but stopped going to grab a bagel, coffee, fast food, etc and just eat more at home because the customer service experience can be so bad. --68.46.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 11:29 AM
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Never trust the numbers given by government or media. --73.120.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by wmh [NC]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 11:58 AM
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Actually, busy restaurants are very lucrative for the servers. I supported two kids back in the day on just my tips and bought health insurance with my paycheck which back then was minimal (both paycheck and insurance.)

My granddaughter's friend just saved up a down payment for a car in two weeks working nights at a restaurant (days as a teacher.)

You only hear about restaurant workers wanting a "living wage" if they work fast food. If they work in a busy, mid-scale place they are making way more than $15/hour. --50.82.xxx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 12:27 PM
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Being a tipped server is a great job. But these aren't the jobs going unfilled. It's dishwashers, cooks, prep, fast food, coffee shops, quick service, counter service, etc, etc, etc. --68.46.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 1:18 PM
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I see it all over, here's some examples from the last 2 weeks. I was looking for help in Lowes in the window area, I could find no one in the whole store except the cashiers. Went to Office max, got my items and went to the checkout. No one at the front, we waited about 10 minutes, I even walked through the store and back to the managers office. No one so we finally left. I've had a friend pestering me for a while to come drive a tractor trailer short-haul for him, he is desperate for help. His last offer was $125,000 a year. Even at those prices he can't get anyone to come and he pay's to send you through the CDL school.

If things continue this way for much longer you will think 6.8% inflation is a walk in the park.

--209.16.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by GKARL [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 1:33 PM
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I usually have cream cheese with my morning bagel. I really like chive cream cheese, however, cream cheese of any flavor is in extreme short supply in my area. Getting it is like getting gold and the price is high. One of the workers told me the problem is the truck. They're simply not getting the stuff delivered. Also, the level of service has declined in many restaurants. This will permanently damage many of them as people decide never to return. --209.122.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 1:59 PM
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In my town the local fast food places are way short on workers. The regular places where they get tips, not so much. The local McD's lobby is still closed and some ask why. My thought, besided lack of workers is that if they can make every sale a drive through and have no lobby and less parking they could possibly improve their bottom line. Add a third or even a fourth drive through window like the banks have and do away with the lobby completely.

If you look at the lobbues of most of the fast food places, they have small hard, in-place uncomfortable chairs and tables. They don't want people taking time there. They want people to order, pick up and go off the property. Drive up windows do this pretty well. --75.7.xx.xx




USA Back to work? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 2:07 PM
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Iím still seeing the restaurants that complied with the lockdown orders struggle. Some are now out of business. I also see some that ignored the orders still packed. We went to one the other day and there was hardly any parking. We had to have fast food (ugh) a couple weeks ago because we were out with the kids. I wasnít going to wait in line at McDonaldís, so I went to the door and it was locked. You can guess why. I said nope. I got back in the car and went across the street Wendyís, they now have our $. Our Dunkin Donuts has had removed the chairs permanently where the locals sat to chat and went to a kiosk only inside and the drive through is 30-40 cars deep and backed up into the highway. I went inside and walked up to the counter. The drone inside told me it was kiosk ordering only and I couldnít order at the counter. I said no thank you, hopped in my car drove several blocks away to the other side of town and went into the old mom-and-pop coffee shop. Walked right up to the counter ordered my coffee and left. Guess where the locals are sitting for their coffee now? I bet the people that were in line at Dunkin were still in line by the time I drove across town and got my order. Donít be lemming. Find ways to not stand in the lines. --24.152.xxx.xx




USA Back to work? (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 2:12 PM
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Has anyone seen the massive number of jobs the white house claims to have created? --108.24.xx.xx




USA Back to work? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 2:39 PM
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Isn't that strange Ally?

Supposedly, the unemployment rate is down, and yet we keep hearing of these problems.

Like everything else, over the last 2 years, nothing adds up. One day the truth will be revealed to the blind. --73.120.xx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 2:58 PM
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Of course unemployment is down: fewer people are looking for jobs. The unemployment rate is one of those "lies, d*mn lies, and statistics" that Mark Twain wrote about. It's useful to lie and/or hood wink folks.

Any time the labor participation rate drops, the unemployment figure looks better. YEs, that's right: more people give up the desire to work, so they are no longer considered unemployed. They are, for lack of a better term, retired.

Parents are staying home to take care of kids who are home schooling / remote schooling due to shut down schools. The dual income household is impossible to maintain in that scenario, especially if the kids require someone to "motivate" them to do the school work.

According to the St. Louis FED, "7.7 million were out of the labor force as of June 2021" That's a lot of unfilled jobs. Source: www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2021/october/labor-force-exits-covid19

The low-value / low-pay jobs are being automated or done away with. I'd say get used to mixing up your own Venti Double Mocha Latte espresso. And....maybe that's a good thing!

--108.230.xxx.xx




USA Back to work? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 3:24 PM
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Ally,the white house hasnt created any jobs,people going back to jobs they had before covid doesnt count as creating jobs and on top of thast the white house cant even reach the numbers expected --72.231.xxx.xxx




USA Back to work? (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2022 3:30 PM
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What is really needed is the workforce PaRtIcIpAtIoN rate. I'm guessing it is in the toilet by now. --174.208.xx.xxx



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