With hopes of a better year ahead, there is one thing that is not changing from the year before, the lack of satisfaction workers find at work across the United States. The average worker is fed up, dissatisfied, and underpaid, that is, if they can even find and keep gainful employment. Although things appear bad now, the economy is forecasted to just get worse in the coming year ahead.
Employment took a hit during 2020. Over 30 million unemployment claims were filed between the third week of March and the beginning of May. The unemployment figures soared 3.5% in February, climbing to 14.7 percent in April. That resulted in 25 million-plus people losing their job and a record reduction of 8 million in the total labor force.
Analysts see a trend of record low employment in 2021, which has the average worker considering a different path to financial and job security through avenues other than traditional employment. If there is one lesson that many can take from the pandemic of 2020, life is too short to spend a majority of it stuck in a job that neither satisfies you nor pays you well. Also, the ability to remote work and leave the nine to five confines of an office has given many a taste of freedom they hadn’t considered, and they aren’t willing to give it up.