The McKinsey Week in Charts

I quit

As the pandemic drags on, a third of US nurses who provide direct patient care indicated in a recent McKinsey survey that they were likely to leave their jobs. A lack of support at work, coupled with insufficient staffing levels, are among the top reasons nurses are ready to resign.

To read the article, see “Surveyed nurses consider leaving direct patient care at elevated rates,” February 17, 2022.


Pipe dreams no more

Aging water systems in the United States are in line for significant upgrades. The $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed in fall 2021 allocates $55 billion to water initiatives over the next five years. The funding will address dire needs in some communities, where network pipes are approaching age 50 and where some cast-iron pipes were installed more than a century ago.

To read the article, see “The US Bipartisan Infrastructure Law: Reinvesting in water,” February 17, 2022.


New York state of mind

Compared with White residents, New York City’s racial and ethnic minorities have higher behavioral health needs. These populations, according to McKinsey research, are more likely to experience isolation, lack the energy to be productive, or take disability leave because of a behavioral-health condition. Our article explores how to improve access to quality care.

To read the article, see “Addressing the state of behavioral health in New York City,” February 16, 2022.


The growing education gap

Education inequities that existed prepandemic were exacerbated as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Students in majority-Black schools were about nine months behind their peers in majority-White schools in math courses before the pandemic. Now the achievement gap is at a year.

To read the article, see “COVID-19 and education: An emerging K-shaped recovery,” December 14, 2021.


Socially conscious shoppers

When it comes to shopping, inclusive consumers rely more on social media, word of mouth recommendations, and are inspired by the stories of the founders behind brands they admire. They are more likely than other shoppers to buy Black-owned brands out of a desire to support diverse entrepreneurs on their growth journeys and small businesses in general.

To read the article, see “The rise of the inclusive consumer,” February 8, 2022