Headline RoundupJune 8th, 2021

Record Number of Job Openings in US, but Companies Struggling to Hire

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Labor Department announced Tuesday that there were 9.3 million job openings in the U.S., the highest amount since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking the data in 2000. This beat widely-cited economists' predictions of 8.3 million, suggesting that demand for employees is surging as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, there have been widespread reports of businesses struggling to fill openings, and May was the second straight month that U.S. hiring fell short of expectations.

The economic recovery, especially as measured by rates of hiring and unemployment, has been covered frequently across the spectrum. Coverage from right-rated sources tended to blame increased unemployment assistance for purportedly discouraging people from returning to work; some voices also criticized the Biden administration's purportedly over-generous stance on unemployment benefits. Conversely, some reports from left-rated outlets highlighted incentives companies are using to attract new employees; others pointed to workplace safety concerns and struggles to find child care arrangements as possible reasons for public reluctance to return to work.

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