A new era of worker malaise

Why it matters: High anxiety levels are touching employees in nearly every industry — as measured by the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index and other polls — and labor unrest could be bubbling beneath the surface.

For example, 43% of Americans in last week’s Axios-Ipsos coronavirus survey reported that they were concerned about their job security, and 44% said they were worried about their ability to pay their bills…

Some workers face a previously unfathomable tradeoff: quit their job or keep it, but at the risk of potentially contracting the virus.

Amnesty International says the United States is among the worst countries for health care worker deaths from the pandemic.

“I hear a lot of trepidation, a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety,” Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, told Axios. “There are no good choices right now.”