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How to fix a labor shortage

Some businesses ask whether higher wages could be the answer to the labor shortage. Members of Congress return to the Capitol, and all its security concerns. And a new era of space travel dawns — for those who can afford it.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Hotel industry emerges from pandemic with new business model, possibly fewer workers

Driving the change is an increased movement by hotels away from daily room cleaning, a change accelerated during the pandemic as a safety protocol.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Biden administration releases pared-down workplace safety rule, stopping short of broader mandate

The new standard will only apply to healthcare facilities, not most workplaces.
  • Jun 10, 2021

These businesses found a way around the worker shortage: Raising wages to $15 an hour or more

Talk of a labor shortage has clogged the airwaves in Washington. But 12 businesses shared the decidedly non-radical way they got around the issue: offering workers better pay.
  • Jun 10, 2021

Why this city is sending grocery workers $1,000 checks

Companies cut essential workers off of hazard pay months ago. So Oxnard, Calif., found a clever way to use federal stimulus funds to reward them.
  • Jun 8, 2021

U.S. economy adds 559,000 jobs in May, as the recovery shows signs of strength amid headwinds

Economists and analysts had been forecasting robust months of growth in the labor market for the spring, as vaccine distribution spreads, weather warms, and coronavirus caseloads continue to fall.
  • Jun 4, 2021

‘The final straw’: How the pandemic pushed restaurant workers over the edge

Business owners have politicians scrambling to fix a so-called ‘worker shortage’ plaguing restaurants and other low-wage industries. But workers in these fields tell a different story.
  • May 24, 2021

As GOP-run states slash jobless aid, the Biden administration finds it has few options

With a federal intervention now unlikely, jobless Americans in 22 states including Arizona, Ohio and Texas are set to see their payments fall by $300 each week — or be wiped out entirely — as GOP governors try to force people back to work in response to a potential national labor shortage.
  • May 20, 2021

More than 1.9 million people could see severe cuts in unemployment aid as Republicans seek to curb assistance

The cuts are likely to fall hardest on roughly 1.4 million people who benefit from previous stimulus programs adopted by Congress, including one targeting those who drive for Uber or otherwise participate in the gig economy. Starting next month, these workers are likely to receive no money at all.
  • May 13, 2021

Chipotle raises wages amid expansion plans, as companies compete for workers

Chipotle said that a wage increase of about $2 an hour per employee means that salaries for its crew will average $15 an hour by the end of June, although entry-level wages at the company will be $11 an hour.
  • May 10, 2021