Unemployment Rate Ticked Up to 6.1% in April as Monthly Job Growth Slowed to 266K

How do you feel about the state of the job market?

  • 46.9k

    I'm glad to hear there are so many job openings, but it's clear that we still have a worker shortage in many industries. Research has shown that enhanced unemployment compensation is NOT the cause in most cases, but employers need to do a better job of matching their jobs and skills to the actual worker pool. This has been a growing problem in an age of outsourcing, automation, and stronger emphasis on higher education. Employers, unions, the government, and educational institutions should all come together and determine how to better match needs with workers to fill these jobs and reduce unemployment. If all parties won't talk to each other, this problem will just get worse.

  • 86

    The job market is fine. Unemployment benefits are outrageously high and unmanaged!

  • 406

    Historically, the aftermath of pandemics has led to serious and potentially long-term dislocations in labor markets. Smaller disruptions of the market during the pandemic will likely lead to smaller impacts afterward.

  • 23

    Why should people go back to work when they can make as if not more by staying home.

  • 204

    Republicans keep saying that people won’t work because they are getting federal money and don’t have too. That’s not what this is about. Wages are what this is about. Giving people a living wage will get people back to work. Republicans think poor people are lazy. It’s despicable. Business should have to pay a living wage of at least $15 an hour for people to survive and be able to thrive. Stingy Republicans and businesses are hurting our country not poor Americans.

  • 8,939

    This is a good start! Getting more people to protect themselves and OTHERS will help open the economy more. Passing the infrastructure plan will provide a tremendous amount of good paying jobs. TOO BAD TRUMP FAILED ON HIS PROMISE TO IMPROVE ROADS AND BRIDGES! Both parties use them!

  • 47

    Stop giving money for people to stay home this is the root of the problem it was the root of all corona relief packages it is created a generation or a season of people who don’t wanna work take away the money give him a job at $600 made a difference imagine what a job at making their lives.

  • 113

    Every where I go, there are HELP WANTED signs, when you ask what the owner feels the problem is, it is that they cannot get people to come back to work when they are being compensated so highly WITHOUT providing proof that they are looking for a job. Dems should be ashamed how they have handled this!

  • 890

    I hope these jobs are living wage jobs.

  • 90

    Too early in recovery from pandemic to see job recovery gains.

  • 1,003

    It was bound to happen!! The job market is not an exact science

  • 380

    Why work when the government will pay for me to stay home right? Employers are hiring and no one is answering their call because our tax dollars are paying people to stay home. Thanks! It’s a honeymoon phase. What happens when you run out of working tax paying people’s money to hand out?

  • 472

    It is what I expected . Biden needs to put the pipeline workers back to work on the pipeline and the workers who were building the wall to keep the illegal immigrants out back to works and finish the wall. I have never seen any group so bound on revenge that they would destroy an entire country to get it!

  • 2,720

    We'll see...

  • 182

    The 266K new jobs was disappointing but not surprising. It points out the need for affordable child care and for reasonable wages that would attract more people. When I hear someone saying they cannot pay above the minimum wage, then I hear someone who either does not have a viable business and/or is too greedy to pay a living wage.

  • 3,949

    CAUSES ASKS: "How do you feel about the April jobs report?" ME: indifferent. In the first place, we still have a serious pandemic going on (hello!), we're FAR short of herd immunity and White GOP males don't want to get vaccinated; and then there are the 8-9 million jobs that were lost and may NOT ever be recovered quickly; not to mention the kind of jobs that ARE available; you know, the ones that don't pay enough to even cover the rent (America does have a serious wages versus housing problem). And we'll not talk about the troubles for women, particularly single moms, who if they want to work haven't affordable child care available. Actually, a "full recovery" may realistically take a few more years.

  • 1,156

    The April job report has everything to do with the rise in COVID19 cases in April. People don't want to go to work knowing that any of their co-workers could be a person that refuses to get vaccinated, especially if you're waiting for your second dose! Many employers are not willing to pay a "living wage" to their employees! Would you want to work 40 hours a week and still be very poor? Personally, I'm waiting to have work done in my home until COVID19 is totally under control! It could have been different if the GOP had chosen to take action to control COVID instead of spreading lies and refusing to get vaccinated!

  • 356

    When unemployment benefits run out, people will get jobs.

  • 411

    Employment is doing very well considering there are many women still at home taking care of their children. They need the help. We need everyone to get vaccinated to reach herd immunity for things to come back to some normalcy.

  • 1,927

    We weren't promised instant results but rather long-term recovery, which usually takes a sawtooth path. Keep your eyes on the prize and watch things trend positively as long as Republican obstinacy doesn't derail it.