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The health of labor markets post-pandemic: The supply perspective

2 monthes ago   |   By FRED

As we discussed in the previous post , firms everywhere are having serious difficulties filling vacancies. With these worker shortages on everyone's minds, let's discuss how the pandemic has shaped the workforce.
The FRED graph above shows the fraction of people who participate in the labor force-that is, who either have a job or are actively looking for one-by age group. In previous recessions, only teenagers had significant declines in participation rates; clearly, most workers who lost their jobs kept looking for another. In 2020, however, participation rates declined across the board...
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