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.
Holiday shopping was up — but seasonal hiring was cautious and often depended on the size of the business.
The National Association of Independent Business's small business optimism index has been below its historical average for nearly two years.
The repossession industry is struggling with an enduring labor shortage, while 1.5 million car repos are expected this year.
The government wants to set staffing standards at nursing homes, but the industry says there are too few nurses to allow it to comply.
With the acceleration of baby boomer retirements, multiple sectors face long-term challenges finding enough workers to meet demand.
Employers need more skilled workers, and some technical and community colleges are getting more funding to train them.
Lisa Goldenberg, president of Delaware Steel Co., believes the labor shortage could be a long-term issue.
A tight labor market, plus caps on worker visas, may mean consumers will notice fewer lifeguards at pools and slower service at restaurants.
The Inflation Reduction Act funds a huge green infrastructure buildout. But projects will need to attract and train more electricians.