The Coronavirus has affected virtually every facet of our lives to be sure, but there’s I think a consequence of the virus that few people expected. That’s a shortage of employees to do work that needs to be done. A number of national restaurants and retail chains have scaled back operations citing a lack of available workers. Many industries are taking unusual steps to find employees to help them meet demand for products which is unexpectedly high. A worker shortage is at least part of the reason that store shelves seem to be emptier than we are used to. Some people who were laid off as the pandemic began in March, have found that they can make more with currently available government benefits staying at home than they can working, not realizing that refusing to return to work when they are asked to do so can put those benefits in jeopardy. Others may be unwilling to risk getting the coronavirus on the job. The $600.00 per week CARES act benefits will be expiring soon, but congress is currently in the throws of a debate about extending them. Doing so will certainly make it harder for companies to fill their employment rosters for jobs they have right now. That’s the way I see it.