Understanding America’s Labor Shortage

Current employment data shows that there are over 10 million job openings but only 5.7 million unemployed workers; if every unemployed person in the country found a job, there would still be 4 million open jobs. This dataset from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s America Works Data Center identifies the trends on job openings, labor force participation, and quit rates, which provides for a quick understanding of the state of the workforce. The U.S. Chamber also has made available an interactive map tracking the worker shortage across the states, as well as an in-depth look at how the worker shortage is impacting different industries.

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