Today's small businesses rank labor shortages above taxes and
government regulations as their heaviest burden, according to a recent
study completed for the Small Business Administration's Office of
Advocacy. About half of small firms examined were looking to hire
someone, and more than six in 10 that were looking had difficulty
finding qualified applicants. A copy of the study can be found on the
Internet at www.sba.gov/advo/.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.