Bare Shelves, Inflated Prices and America's Blue-Collar Crisis

m.knox

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Thank you Joey Asthma!!

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/578405-americas-blue-collar-crisis-threatens-our-way-of-life

The nation’s bare store shelves, exorbitantly inflated prices for essential goods and services, packages arriving weeks or months late, and an alarming scarcity of skilled labor all are results of our blue-collar workforce crisis. Underlying current supply chain issues and fears of hyperinflation is a labor shortage that is seriously harming the American economy in nearly every industry.

Transportation companies are short 33,000 truckers compared to before the pandemic. Nationwide there’s a 55 percent shortage of plumbers available for work, and electricians are also in seriously short supply. Meanwhile, construction firms can’t find enough qualified workers to complete jobs. The lack of skilled laborers is already being called the “next supply chain disruption.” All told, 77 percent of manufacturers report issues getting and attracting skilled workers.

Even as labor shortages drive up wages, many who left the workforce during the pandemic have yet to return. Being able to collect the same wages — or more — while staying home as they did when at work has given them little incentive to return. Economic measures that disincentivize labor were ushered in under the guise of COVID “safety” precautions at the beginning of 2020, but dragged on even after most states reopened and a safe vaccine was readily available. Generous federal unemployment bonuses, added to state-based unemployment, left millions at home collecting government checks while more than 10 million jobs remain unfilled. Residents in blue states such as Massachusetts and California received more than $3,000 on average in monthly unemployment checks.
 

Steve G

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Thank you Joey Asthma!!

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/578405-americas-blue-collar-crisis-threatens-our-way-of-life

The nation’s bare store shelves, exorbitantly inflated prices for essential goods and services, packages arriving weeks or months late, and an alarming scarcity of skilled labor all are results of our blue-collar workforce crisis. Underlying current supply chain issues and fears of hyperinflation is a labor shortage that is seriously harming the American economy in nearly every industry.

Transportation companies are short 33,000 truckers compared to before the pandemic. Nationwide there’s a 55 percent shortage of plumbers available for work, and electricians are also in seriously short supply. Meanwhile, construction firms can’t find enough qualified workers to complete jobs. The lack of skilled laborers is already being called the “next supply chain disruption.” All told, 77 percent of manufacturers report issues getting and attracting skilled workers.

Even as labor shortages drive up wages, many who left the workforce during the pandemic have yet to return. Being able to collect the same wages — or more — while staying home as they did when at work has given them little incentive to return. Economic measures that disincentivize labor were ushered in under the guise of COVID “safety” precautions at the beginning of 2020, but dragged on even after most states reopened and a safe vaccine was readily available. Generous federal unemployment bonuses, added to state-based unemployment, left millions at home collecting government checks while more than 10 million jobs remain unfilled. Residents in blue states such as Massachusetts and California received more than $3,000 on average in monthly unemployment checks.
wow I was just in a Costco (first time ever in my life) in Los Angeles and there were mass quantities of everything available and mass quantities of people shopping. We got Wagyu strips and rib eyes, lobster tails, Joseph Phelps cabernets, socks (had some how forgotten to pack them), soap (oddly the air bnb didn't have any), corn on cob, salad, vegetables, desserts and all the shelves were full, not an empty shelf in sight for like 4 football fields worth of store. gotta say the LA Costco is gigantic. So maybe its not that bad.......
 

PSUEngineer89

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wow I was just in a Costco (first time ever in my life) in Los Angeles and there were mass quantities of everything available and mass quantities of people shopping. We got Wagyu strips and rib eyes, lobster tails, Joseph Phelps cabernets, socks (had some how forgotten to pack them), soap (oddly the air bnb didn't have any), corn on cob, salad, vegetables, desserts and all the shelves were full, not an empty shelf in sight for like 4 football fields worth of store. gotta say the LA Costco is gigantic. So maybe its not that bad.......
No one is going to believe you.
 

junior1

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No one is going to believe you.
I believe him. LA is one of the first stops after stuff comes off the boat. Those greedy peopke in california are sucking up all the good things before they can make their way to us here in the east
 

m.knox

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wow I was just in a Costco (first time ever in my life) in Los Angeles and there were mass quantities of everything available and mass quantities of people shopping. We got Wagyu strips and rib eyes, lobster tails, Joseph Phelps cabernets, socks (had some how forgotten to pack them), soap (oddly the air bnb didn't have any), corn on cob, salad, vegetables, desserts and all the shelves were full, not an empty shelf in sight for like 4 football fields worth of store. gotta say the LA Costco is gigantic. So maybe its not that bad.......

I am half tempted to pick up some of those Wagyu's myself.....

Shop where the riff raff goes Steve. They ain't going to a "members only" warehouse........ Are you really this unaware?
 

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