It’s the Low Wages and Lack of Childcare, Stupid

Once again, parents are a forgotten piece of the economic puzzle.

And so it begins. Faster than you can say “vaccine,” the narrative that unemployment benefits are causing people not to work is creeping into the news. This isn’t new — and it isn’t true, either. While blaming the government for being overly generous and blaming potential employees for being lazy is a convenient story, it’s also an oversimplified one, leaves out many reasons people may not be jumping eagerly into employment lines. In addition to health and safety concerns, one of the key factors these stories omit is childcare, and the fact that in major cities — including mine — most schools are still not operating full time, and daycares are running with limited capacity.

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Columbus-based writer, educator, and mom.

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