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Labor Crisis; China is EV Problem

Labor Crisis The U.S. unemployment rate is at 3.7 percent and due to low birth rates, an aging population, the great resignation, and demand for work-life balance has the forecast calling for a continued shortage of workers. At the same time IT companies are laying off workers, the Wall Street Journal reports that some CEO’s sympathize with Elon Musk’s demand that workers deliver more effort and dedication. The battle between work from home (WFH) and return to the office (RTO) still rages, with workers said to have the advantage. There is no longer a desperation for basic necessities. Even Chinese workers are now protesting workplace conditions.  U.S. immigration policy does not help. Nearly one million migrants are relea...

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