According to one expert, COVID deaths and workers left on the sidelines from long COVID account for 18% of unfilled jobs.
Analysts say businesses are under pressure and economic confidence has suffered.
University of Michigan data shows inflation is starting to bite more for consumers at the low end of the income spectrum.
Despite a disappointing jobs report, the news is still pretty good.
States that weren't hit as hard by the pandemic slowdown have already mostly recovered.
The economy is growing and employers are still looking for workers, and that trend will probably continue for awhile.
The hot jobs market is giving employees leverage over employers.
While there are constraints on labor supply, we're seeing signs that some of them are easing, one economist says.
Other employment numbers have been subject to a lot of revision as well.