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Thu May 13, 2021, 12:24 PM

6. Things Take Time

Maybe if more people got their damn shots thinks could open up faster. Because of daycare issues many women no longer show up as unemployed so the numbers are skewed. Screwing them over isn't the answer. Boosting the minimum wage would be a good place to start. You can't pay a babysitter, if you can find one, in order to take a job that pays $10.50 per hour with no benefits. And a clear eyed look at the jobs numbers says it will take years to get back to what was once normal.

The jobs report released today showed "the economy remains more than 8 million jobs short of pre-pandemic levels". And since it takes 150,000 new jobs each month to account for population growth there is not only that 8 million but another roughly 2 million jobs needed so we are still 10 million jobs behind where we need to be.

Said another way, this is going to take several years to completely heal. Do the math. If we averaged 300,000 jobs per month it would take 67 months or 5 1/2 years just to get back to 2019 levels. And 300,000 jobs a month is a tall order as the 266,000 jobs added in April show. And Kemp and other Republican Governors simply want to wind up the misery index. Disgusting.

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