Economic News

Report: The United States Has a Critical Labor Shortage

Recent policies are doing more harm than good to the U.S. economy

Arturo Dominguez
3 min readJun 10, 2024

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According to the Critical Labor Coalition, recent data shows that if each unemployed person from the most recent jobs report in the U.S. were to be hired the nation would still have over 1.4 million positions left open. These staffing deficits can contribute to potential economic contraction and stifle economic growth.

“The most recent data shows that if every single unemployed person from today’s jobs report [were] hired there would still be 1.4 million positions unfilled,” Executive Director of Critical Labor Coalition, Misty Chally said. “The workforce shortage is real. We need to remove barriers through common sense guest worker and tax policies.”

As President Joe Biden commits to assailing the right to seek asylum and attempts a Trumpian shutdown of the border, questions about the economy sustaining such policies are beginning to arise. Biden’s commitment to closing the border stems from xenophobic rhetoric from far-right commentators and has since largely been adopted by mainstream news media.

While extremist pundits scream about invasions and their fears about immigrants, news media across the country bolster…

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Arturo Dominguez

Journalist covering Congress, Racial Justice, Human Rights, Cuba, Texas | Editor: The Antagonist Magazine |