Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Aren't The Only Reason For U.S. Worker Shortage : Consider This from NPR Republicans say enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits are what's keeping people out of the workforce. That could be playing a role, but the complete picture is far more complicated.

NPR chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley lays out the evidence for what's really behind the struggle to find workers.

Stacey Vanek Smith, host of NPR's daily economics podcast The Indicator, explains why the problem may be specific to a certain subset of the economy. More from the Indicator on that topic here. Find more episodes on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

To take a short, anonymous survey about Consider This, please visit npr.org/springsurvey.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Why Are So Many Businesses Struggling To Find Workers?

Why Are So Many Businesses Struggling To Find Workers?

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Republicans say enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits are what's keeping people out of the workforce. That could be playing a role, but the complete picture is far more complicated.

NPR chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley lays out the evidence for what's really behind the struggle to find workers.

Stacey Vanek Smith, host of NPR's daily economics podcast The Indicator, explains why the problem may be specific to a certain subset of the economy. More from the Indicator on that topic here. Find more episodes on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

To take a short, anonymous survey about Consider This, please visit npr.org/springsurvey.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brittany Cronin, Gilly Moon, Brianna Scott, Brent Baughman and Lee Hale. It was edited by Sami Yenigun and Patrick Jarenwattananon, with help from Kate Concannon, Rafael Nam and Wynne Davis. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.