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The coronavirus pandemic has eased in the U.S., but the slow return of workers is overshadowing the economy's recovery. (Source photos by Reuters) 
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U.S. return to work lags Japan, EU in wake of COVID

Labor crunch could stifle economic rebound, stoke inflation

YUTA SAITO and YOHEI MATSUO, Nikkei staff writers | U.S.

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- The U.S. workforce is still below its pre-coronavirus size despite vaccine rollouts and easing restrictions, trailing labor recoveries in Japan and Europe and stoking worries about the pace of rebound in the world's largest economy.

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