Staffing shortages, supply chain disruptions threaten small business recovery, survey finds


Half of all small businesses in the U.S. are experiencing supply chain issues and struggling to hire new workers despite making adjustments to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a recent survey administered by small-business advocate NFIB, 54 percent of business owners reported increased adverse effects of supply chain disruptions compared to three months ago, while 48 percent said they were receiving fewer applications for open jobs than they had a month ago. 

While the survey did not include state-specific data, NFIB Missouri Director Brad Jones said the results could spell trouble for businesses trying to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

“If they don’t get enough workers, they can’t meet customers’ demands and fully recover from the COVID-19 downturn,” Jones said. 

Gov. Mike Parson moved to end federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits for Missourians last month in an effort to encourage more people to rejoin…

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