Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unemployed more likely to shop for non-essentials than job search
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released data that shows unemployed Americans on an average day are more likely to shop for things than look for employment opportunities.
Only 18 percent of unemployed Americans spent time searching or interviewing for a job on an average day, while 41.1 percent shopped online, in store, or by phone. About one in five unemployed Americans, or 21.2 percent, went shopping for items other than food and gas…
“The fact that unemployed people choose leisure over job hunting suggests the ongoing economic malaise has discouraged them from even looking for a job, let alone landing one,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization.
“In order to pull these people back into the job market and raise the country’s generationally low labor force participation rate, policymakers must reduce tax, regulation, and credit barriers that prevent small businesses from creating jobs,” Ortiz said.
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