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Breitbart Business Digest: Inflation May Be Keeping Americans Out of the Work Force

John Carney 5 Aug 2022

U.S. employers added a jaw-dropping 528,000 jobs in July, far more than expected, and wages jumped higher than expected—and yet the number of people working or looking for work declined. Where is everyone?

The Department of Labor said on Friday that the size of the labor force fell by 63,000 in July even though the population grew by 177,000. The labor force participation rate—the share of people working or looking for work—fell by one tenth of a percentage point to 62.1 percent.

The mystery of the shrinking labor force and the decline of labor force participation is one of the persistent conundrums of the post-pandemic recovery. The labor market has been very strong—so strong that many think we cannot be in a recession despite two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth—but somehow this has not pulled a larger share of Americans into the labor force.

“I can’t have a client meeting without someone asking me where all the workers have gone. I have no idea, but they are apparently gone,” Credit Suisse analyst Zoltan Pozsar wrote in a note to clients on Monday.

Harvard economist and former Obama administration advisor Jason Furman said on Friday that he is “baffled” by the July decline.

There’s also another mystery going on here, which is almost the mirror image of what is baffling Furman. The household survey says that the number of employed people only increased by 179,000, and the employment to population ratio jumped just 0.1 percent. Where did all these workers come from in July if the participation rate did not rise and the total level of employment barely grew? Just as we do not know where the workers have gone, we do not know where they are coming from.

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I would be looking at how many people are now getting free money from the government for not working.
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