So I’m aware of the various reasons people might not choose to work a low-paying job- poor conditions, low pay, lack of autonomy, economic boosts due to stimulus checks, etc…
But what I’m trying to figure out is where they went? Were there really so many unfilled higher paying/better conditions jobs out there, that all those people were able to transition into something better? Was it more a matter of some unusually large chunk of people retired early and/or died due to COVID, freeing up positions, and creating a cascade of positions opening up down the chain? Is it merely a temporary thing, enabled by stimulus check money that will go back to normal once that’s gone? Is it something else? Some combination of all those things?
I mean, I see it EVERYWHERE that there are low wage jobs- retail stores, fast food restaurants, and so on. All these sorts of places are struggling to get and (I assume) retain workers. But the question that I have is what are their other options that are attractive enough to prevent them from having to work low wage jobs?
I’m curious- I mean, I understand not wanting to work a crappy low paying job, but I was always under the impression that most people didn’t choose to do that, they basically had to in order to keep the lights on, and food on the table. But they’re apparently not working those jobs anymore… so what did they move on to doing?