Help me understand this - how is the unemployment rate in the U.S. so low while millions of people continue to quit their jobs?
The Great Resignation continues, and is Texas going through it?
Maybe it's just media spin, but I keep seeing reports about how low the unemployment rate in the U.S. is.
USA Today reports that national unemployment in April was at 3.6%, which sounds really good. Those numbers show the U.S. getting back 95% of the jobs that were lost before the COVID 19 pandemic hit.
All sounds great, right?
The Great Resignation
If those numbers are accurate, how is it that business after business continues to remain understaffed?
Although the national unemployment rate is at 3.6%, here in Texas it sits at 4.4% for March. That rate is still low, but according Wall St 24/7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports over 4.5 million Americans across the country quit their jobs in March of 2022. That's a recorded for a single month. February quits were at 4.4 million. It's being called "The Great Resignation", and it seems to be getting worse.
In Texas, that number is 411,000 people in March, which is a 10.5% increase from March of 2021.
How can we have such low unemployment rates when record amounts of people are quitting?
Why are So Many People Quitting?
Reason vary but a Pew Research Center survey says low pay, limited opportunities for advancement, and a lack of flexibility are the main reasons people are quitting and searching for better opportunities.
Overall, Texas ranks 24th in the nation with people quitting their jobs. The reasons are what they are and until inflation gets under control, I feel like we will continue to see The Great Resignation continue.
Better paying jobs means people will stay working longer. Enough with the pizza parties. Bring on the raises.
Are You Moving To Temple, Texas? Be Aware of These Annoying Things
I was excited to move to Temple and start a new chapter in my life, and while life here's been good so far, the moving part...well, not so much. Here are a few things I learned that might help you out if you're looking to make this place home.
This Temple, Texas DoorDasher Helped an Elderly Woman Get Fresh Start
Shelby Moeller never imagined that an odd request while delivering for Door Dash would lead to a life-changing experience for him as well as an elderly woman who needed more than food.
He described his initial encounter on Facebook, thanking people who offered to help the 78-year-old woman he named 'Jane Doe' to protect her privacy. On March 20th, he was able to share some amazing news on Facebook.
"Many of you probably remember my post last week about door dashing and coming across an elderly woman in deplorable conditions. When I made the post, I was thinking that I just needed to raise awareness that our elderly right here in our community are often alone, forgotten, and in need of help. I never imagined that through my post, God was going to provide a small but mighty army of volunteers that would jump in and save Jane Doe."
Jane Doe had to be moved out of her apartment while biohazard disinfecting was done by Spotless Crime Clean. All furniture, carpet, and most of her possessions had to be thrown away. There was also no edible food, as everything in the kitchen was either expired or infested with insects.
Shelby was able to spend some time with the woman, who he described as his 'new adopted grandma'. He learned about her background, and how she had struggled throughout her entire life, being reduced to having nothing multiple times. She had developed some hoarding behaviors, and he believed that some of that was due to her fear of losing everything again.
Take a look at the before and after photos of the amazing transformation of her home that changed a Central Texas woman's life and helped her start over in a healthy environment.