A row of signs advertising jobs are posted in front of a Burger King restaurant, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Harmony, Pa. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work.
There are different theories as to why this problem exists, and persists. Fear of the virus has kept some people at home or avoiding jobs in the service sector where it is more likely they could come into contact with infected persons. A lack of childcare is another reason cited, particularly relevant while some schools still in virtual learning mode.
The reason for the hiring disconnect that gets the most attention is that many people are receiving more in unemployment benefits than they would earn in the jobs that are available.
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