Laid-off workers, businesses struggle in current job market

Businesses are battling with creative ideas to win back workers while unemployment benefits are being cut in some states.
2:23 | 05/23/21

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Back now on "Gma," and a look at the state of the job market. A number of businesses struggling to fill positions. There's some debate over why, but no matter the reason, it's forcing employers to get creative. ABC's Deirdre Bolton has more. Reporter: This morning, laid off workers are in a pinch. I do have five weeks' worth of bills added up. Reporter: Danyelle Anderson is a furloughed Ford auto factory worker waiting to be recalled. She receives unemployment benefits, but the payments are behind. I've waited this long already. Gasoline is expensive, and I'm about five weeks behind on the car payment. Reporter: Some states are cutting unemployment benefits starting next month. Critics arguing those payments are a disincentive to people going back to work. That perhaps is a misguided perception of what's really going on in terms of the labor market. Reporter: In Danyelle's case, she's on hold until her Ford factory gets a shipment of semiconductor chips that go into the cars that she helps to put together. I always worked one or two jobs. I love the people that I work with. Reporter: Experts say there are numerous reasons for people not going back. Number one is probably the virus and the health situation. Number two, you also have child care issues which are still not addressed. Number three, you also have the fact that a lot of older individuals took early retirement during the pandemic. Reporter: Workers are - challenged and so are businesses. Erica owns Colombo's, in cape cod, Massachusetts. She says the restaurant offers $100 incentive bonuses and even a 401(k) Program. His is an incentive business has never seen before. Reporter: Small businesses are not alone. Amazon aiming to hire 75,000 employees and offering some of them $1,000 signing bonuses. McDonald's, chipotle, target and Costco agreeing to raise wages or offering wage signing bonuses for workers. Even Uber and Lyft are giving out cash bonuses to new drivers. Some chains like taco bell, carmax and ihop have held job fairs to bring in recruits. The bottom line is there's strong demand for goods and services as a positive sign for our economic recovery. Dan? Like to hear that, Deirdre.

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