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There’s no labor shortage... Covid has simply shown people there’s more to life than crappy jobs

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Some friends and I went to a local wine spot the other day, which we picked because – according to the website – it served food. When we got there, however, our server told us that their cook had quit last week and they hadn’t yet found a replacement. Apparently, it’s becoming more and more difficult to fill jobs. My friends and I had to go hungry for a bit, but I’m happy to report that we eventually found somewhere to eat.

What turned out to be a minor inconvenience for us highlights the so-called labor shortage that is getting wall-to-wall coverage in the United States, and was reflected in Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report – one of the most disappointing of all time. Only 266,000 jobs were added in the month of April, well below the estimates of at least one million.

But can we actually call this a ‘labor shortage’? Hardly. What we’re actually seeing is more of an informal labor strike, because of the fact that many jobs are essentially undesirable. We’re talking here mainly about jobs in the service sector – which is beginning to open back up again thanks to the country’s vaccine drive – that are usually low-wage, precarious, have minimal benefits and mean having to deal with rude customers.

The common complaint I’m seeing from people is that they do want to work, but not in these jobs. People are just fed-up with being paid an unlivable wage. I argued in a recent column that employers in many........

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