This finding comes from a new report by the NFIB (a small business advocacy group).
The inability to fill jobs comes in spite of the fact that 25 percent of small businesses increased compensation during the same time period, the report finds.
Employers are feeling the crunch, with 24 percent claiming labor quality as their top business problem.
Another 51 percent reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they sought to fill, a statistic made all the more troubling as economists predict millions of new jobs by the end of the year.
These findings are quite shocking given the current unemployment numbers in the country, which hover somewhere between 10 million and 18 million out of work (the government doesn’t exactly know).
That’s a significant margin, but one that still shows there are plenty of people who should be knocking down the doors of business owners right now seeking employment.
So, where are the workers?
In a 52-18 vote on Thursday approving the measure—called House Bill 122 (pdf)—lawmakers moved to expand the ability of school staff members to carry weapons on school grounds, which under current law requires a nod from the school board.
While some Idaho school boards already allow staffers to carry, Rep. Chad Christensen, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said that it shouldn’t be up to officials to make determinations about constitutional rights.
“I know in the past this has been an issue about local control,” Christensen said, according to Idaho Ed News. “I don’t like any government to restrict our constitutional protections. This is a Second Amendment issue. For me, the Second Amendment right doesn’t stop at the door of a school.
”If the provisions of the bill become law, the carrier would be required to inform the school’s principal and the district superintendent. Those school officials may share the information with the school board, but the identities of the employees carrying weapons would remain confidential.
The bill states that no school employee can be compelled to tell anyone else about the concealed firearm. Staffers also can’t be subject to retaliation or disciplinary action for carrying a firearm.Schools also would not be allowed to include signs that say they’re a “gun-free zone.”
The law would apply to both public and private schools, but private property owners—including owners of private school buildings—can still ban weapons on their property.Backers of the bill said it would help protect kids in schools in the event of an active shooter scenario by providing an extra line of defense.
Greg Pruett of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, who backed the bill, said it’s unlikely police can get to the scene of an active shooting in time to prevent a gunman from taking lives.
“If [this bill] can save 10 lives, five lives … it’s worth it,” Christensen said.
Jeanine Anez, who seized power in Bolivia as an interim president after the November 2019 ousting of then-president Evo Morales, has been arrested on suspicion of sedition, the new government has announced.
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Writing in the Washington Post, CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria admits Joe Biden’s border crisis and the wider issues with asylum in America are “out of control.”
The tone of the article is nothing less than scathing, as American liberals come to grips with the massive numbers flooding the borders after being invited by Biden and the left.
Nearly 180,000 people have arrived at the southern border or tried to cross illegally in 2021, more than double as many as in the first two months of 2020. These numbers will increase as it gets warmer. Officials at the border are already overwhelmed.
He blasts the asylum industry:
The truth is the asylum system is out of control. The concept of asylum dates to the years after World War II, when the United States created a separate path to enter the country for those who feared religious, ethnic or political persecution — a noble idea born in the shadow of the United States’ refusal to take in Jews in the 1930s. It was used sparingly for decades, mostly applying to cases of extreme discrimination. But the vast majority of people entering the southern border are really traditional migrants, fleeing poverty and violence. This is a sad situation, but it does not justify giving them special consideration above others around the world who seek to come to the United States for similar reasons — but patiently go through the normal process.