The auto industry has taken a big hit during this pandemic, but not in the way that you think. While the sales and the making of cars have been at a steady rate throughout this pandemic, the workers have been harder to come by. Employees that work in the plants where they make the cars are slowly, but surely, decreasing in numbers.
Camila Domonoske in Morning Edition “As Auto Industry Roars Back, Worker Shortages Throw Up Roadblocks,” talks about the recent lack of workers in the auto industry. She comments on how people are less likely to work at a plant due to COVID-19 because of many reasons. One of them being the amount of people that work at said plants. With nearly 2,000 people working in close corners, it is hard to keep the appeal of working for an auto industry alive.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of staff members at auto industries have varied. While the plants were opening back up again, it became more prevalent that workers may not come back. From people quarantining to those waiting on test results, the risk factor of getting the virus is too high. After reopening its plant in August, Toyota was able to report nearly 100 positive cases for the Coronavirus, leaving most of the employees at this plant exposed and at risk. And the danger only continues to grow each and every day. With workers needing to be tested and quarantined for two weeks, the question is whether or not the work is actually worth it.
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This article originally published on GREY Journal.