May 14, 2022
Businesses Fail to Find Workers, and Experts Say Federal Policies Have Made It Worse
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by Casey Harper
The new report from Alignable said that 83% of restaurants can’t find enough workers. Overall, the report found that “63% of all small business employers can’t find the help they need, after a year of an ongoing labor shortage.”
“Drilling into the most recent data on key sectors and demographic groups, the picture is even more disturbing,” the survey said. “Hiring issues have worsened again for key sectors, including restaurants, travel/lodging, event management, construction, and the automotive industry. Plus, minority business owners, as well as veterans, are experiencing elevated staffing problems.”
The Alignable survey comes as federal data show a record-high roughly 11.5 million job openings in the U.S., nearly two jobs for every unemployed person. Experts say a range of federal regulatory and economic policies have made the problem worse.
“Employers are struggling across all industries,” said Rachel Greszler, an economic expert at the Heritage Foundation. “The Administration’s policies contributed to these struggles and they’re making it worse. The combination of welfare-without-work benefits that are restricting the labor supply and many trillions of dollars in deficit financed spending – most of which has been money printed by the Federal Reserve – that’s artificially increased demand are largely to blame. These policies have fueled inflation.”
Employers have raised wages in recent months, but those wage gains have not kept pace with inflation.
“While employers have responded to the labor shortage by increasing wages – something that would normally cause more people to enter the labor force – inflation has made people worse off even with higher wages,” Greszler said. “Over the past year, the median worker’s earnings have increased by $3,300, but inflation has served as a $4,800 tax, leaving them $1,500 poorer.”
Gretchen Baldau, an economic expert at the American Legislative Exchange Council, said that increased regulations have also made childcare too expensive for many families.
“The lack of affordable childcare options isn’t helping,” Baldau said. “Those options will get even worse under a recent Biden administration proposal to further regulate childcare providers. Increasing licensing requirements and regulations for childcare providers does not result in improved quality of care. Instead, prices go up, and the number of service providers goes down. Unfortunately, this means that these types of regulations can prevent parents from re-entering the workforce, including restaurants.”
Critics also say the push toward unionization has further complicated the job market.
“The Biden Administration is also actively working to increase unionization – even when workers don’t want it,” Greszler said. “Unions significantly drive up employers costs and make it harder for them to hire the workers they need, when they need them.”
Hiring issues, along with inflation, are a major reason many small businesses are feeling the pain. An April poll from NEXT Insurance reported that one in three small businesses has considered closing up shop in the previous 12 months.
“According to a new survey by NEXT Insurance, small business owners across the United States are frustrated and stressed about inflation and the state of the economy,” the group said. “More than one-third have considered shutting down in the last 12 months. As prices continue to rise and supply chains continue to falter, many small business owners have been forced to work longer hours, raise prices, and even cut their own salaries just to stay afloat, our survey found. And a majority of small business owners believe the pain isn’t over.”
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Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for The Center Square and the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, and USA Today.
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Media Fail: America More Interested in Amber Heard-Johnny Depp Trial than Abortion
Americans are more interested in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard than abortion, despite the establishment media’s hysteria and hyping the recent leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade.
News about the defamation trial between Depp and Heard has amassed more total social media interactions (likes, comments, and shares) than the country’s biggest news stories, such as the the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion, Russia’s war in Ukraine, and inflation, according to data from NewsWhip.
The trial, which began on April 12, has dwarfed all other major topics in the news on a per-article basis.
There has been double the amount of Google searches for “Amber Heard” than “Elon Musk” over the last month, according to Google Trends data, and nearly four times more searches for Heard’s name than for “abortion” or “Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, most of the viral clips generated from the trial mock Heard and are pro-Depp, notes Axios.Law&Crime Network / YouTube
Moreover, the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp has a staggering 10 billion plus views, while the hashtag #JusticeForAmberHeard has only 39 million, according to a report by Wired.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing Heard — his ex-wife — seeking $50 million in damages, claiming that a 2018 Washington Post piece she wrote has harmed his movie career. Heard is countersuing for $100 million.
Both Depp and Heard have accused each other of domestic abuse, each hurling wild and shocking accusations, likely leaving viewers even more on the edge of their seats.
While on the witness stand during the defamation trial, Depp told the jury that Heard defecated in his bed after an argument, threw bottles of vodka at him — which resulted in his middle finger being severed by broken glass — and put a cigarette out on his face, among other claims.
Meanwhile, Heard has claimed Depp performed a “cavity search” on her in an attempt to find out where she was hiding his cocaine. On Monday, the Aquaman star also addressed the actor’s defecation claim, in which she blamed the feces on a teacup Yorkshire Terrier, claiming the dog had “bowl control issues.”