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Some accountants are turning away new customers this tax season

Feb 12, 2024
Between a wave of retirees and a drop in the number of people graduating with accounting degrees, the whole profession is struggling to staff up.
With plenty of CPAs booked solid this tax season, some firms are looking overseas for labor.
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How did seasonal hiring pan out?

Dec 25, 2023
Holiday shopping was up — but seasonal hiring was cautious and often depended on the size of the business.
Holiday hiring in transportation and warehousing, mostly for e-commerce, fell about 20%.
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Small business optimism ticked down in November

Dec 12, 2023
The National Association of Independent Business's small business optimism index has been below its historical average for nearly two years.
While the labor shortage have been easing, it's still a persistent issue for small businesses.
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A good repo man is hard to find

Nov 7, 2023
The repossession industry is struggling with an enduring labor shortage, while 1.5 million car repos are expected this year.
A good chunk of used cars come from repossessions.
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As the need for nursing homes grows, nurses are in short supply

Oct 25, 2023
The government wants to set staffing standards at nursing homes, but the industry says there are too few nurses to allow it to comply.
Nursing home resident Nancy Hoover with Joan Strassner, a licensed practical nurse. Strassner likes to sing with residents but is often swamped with work due to tight staffing.
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Why labor shortages aren't going anywhere

Aug 31, 2023
With the acceleration of baby boomer retirements, multiple sectors face long-term challenges finding enough workers to meet demand.
Pandemic disruptions and baby boomer retirements have created a mismatch between labor supply and demand. That has boosted worker pay, but employers might respond by investing more in automation.
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In a tight labor market, technical training is everything

Apr 20, 2023
Employers need more skilled workers, and some technical and community colleges are getting more funding to train them.
There has been an uptick in overall state funding for technical and community colleges, which hospitals often rely on to train registered nurses and surgical technicians.
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Labor is “unbelievably hard to find,” steel company president says

Apr 20, 2023
Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Co., believes the labor shortage could be a long-term issue.
Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Co., says it's important to invest in youth to help bring workers back into manufacturing.
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As summer approaches, labor shortages make seasonal hiring tough

Apr 14, 2023
A tight labor market, plus caps on worker visas, may mean consumers will notice fewer lifeguards at pools and slower service at restaurants.
Public pools, restaurants and resorts are expected to struggle with hiring this summer again.
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A labor shortage stands in the way of the clean energy transition

Mar 30, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act funds a huge green infrastructure buildout. But projects will need to attract and train more electricians.
Mia Clay, along with other high school students, are part of an electrician training program at Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake.
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