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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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America’s rural hospitals are in the red

May 17, 2023
A new federal program is dropping rural hospitals a lifeline to keep emergency services available as they struggle to turn a profit.
Battle-tested nurse practitioner Peni Russell is among the bare-bones staff responsible for stabilizing sick and injured patients who come into the rural emergency hospital in San Augustine, Texas.
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Has the drop in immigration contributed to inflation?

Jan 20, 2023
Immigrants have accounted for a major share of labor force growth for years, increasing production, which keeps inflation lower, experts say.
Immigration to the U.S. dropped dramatically during the pandemic. Above, new U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony in Massachusetts on Jan. 5.
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For a rural hospital trying to reopen, hiring is a challenge

Oct 6, 2022
Many rural hospitals have closed during the pandemic, and their staffers found other work far away.
The Haywood County Community Hospital reopened in August after more than a year of renovations. The hospital closed in 2014.
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Despite the shaky economy, jobless claims are down. Here's why.

Sep 29, 2022
It's taken companies so long to replace workers lost during the pandemic that many firms are reluctant to lay them off.
Economists and central bankers abound are watching today's jobs report to get a gauge on inflation.
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Remote workers have stayed in Truckee, California, but not the local workforce

Aug 16, 2022
Skyrocketing housing costs are driving out the local labor force, leaving all kinds of businesses in the small town short-staffed.
Truckee, California, became a haven for remote workers early in the pandemic.
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Summer camps are having trouble finding enough staffers; some are cutting back

Aug 10, 2022
In Maine, home to many summer camps, a YMCA camp had to limit its capacity to 80 kids due to staffing issues.
Camp Director Chris Shea hands prizes to campers at a day camp operated by the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston in central Maine.
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Lack of lifeguards keeps pools, beaches closed as summer approaches

Jun 1, 2022
The pandemic hindered the ability to train enough lifeguards to fill enough spots.
The pandemic has exacerbated a variety of elements that have led to a nationwide shortage of lifeguards. As summer begins, many pools and beaches around the country will remain closed.

Workers have more leverage these days, but they're not less stressed

Apr 11, 2022
Nearly half of American workers are looking for a new job or plan to in the next year. One-third are ready to quit without a new job lined up.
One recent survey found that half of American workers think they’ll make more money just by switching jobs.
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Could paid family caregivers alleviate the home health worker shortage?

Jan 3, 2022
Medicaid sometimes pays family members to provide in-home care for relatives. But the programs vary from state to state.
Jessica Aviles performs a mock examination of a patient on her last day of class at LNA Health Careers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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