09.07.2021 0

Manning on Michael Yaffee Radio Show: Where have all the workers gone?

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning joins Huntsville, AL radio host Michael Yaffee of WVNN radio every Friday at 11 am ET to talk news of the day. Most recently, Rick and Michael talked about the August jobs report. Rick served as a political appointee in the George W Bush administration’s labor department and is a respected subject matter expert on labor issues.

“The single most important number in the recent jobs report is the number of jobs available and the number of workers willing to fill them, and that number remains enormous and it is a problem all across the country,” Manning said.

“Also what we’re seeing in the state-by-state comparisons of the numbers is that many states led by Republican governors have returned to pre-pandemic unemployment rates, but states like New York and New Jersey which are led by Democrat governors still have very high unemployment rates, and they are pulling the nationwide averages upward,” Manning added.

“We have a lot of people who are sitting on the sidelines who are not counted as part of the civilian workforce who are not looking for jobs and who are part of the problem and not the solution,” Manning explained. “We have to get them off the sidelines and into the workforce. If we fail to do that, our economy will never fully recover.”

“We always focus on the national level issues, but the real action, where the rubber meets the road, where you can make an immediate difference, is at the local school board, the city council and the county commission,” Manning said. “Whether it’s about mask mandates, or economic policies, those are place where you can make a real tangible difference.”

Rick weighed in on the $3.5 trillion dollar budget reconciliation bill, which Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V) now said he wants to put on a “legislative pause,” over concerns about inflation. “I think what we need to watch about that bill are the specific federal policies it contains, for example, renewable energy mandates, and land-use restrictions. Those are all real problems. They Democrat mandates are more harmful over the long-term than just the spending level. We want this entire bill killed, not just scaled back,” Manning said.

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