How to Fix America’s Worker Shortage: Push Food Stamp Recipients to Get a Job

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America’s labor shortage isn’t ending anytime soon. While Friday’s jobs report showed the creation of 428,000 jobs, a record 11.5 million job openings still exist nationwide. That number has been stuck above 10 million for nearly a year – something never before seen – and the economy is struggling because businesses can’t find the workers they need to grow and thrive.

Yet states could end the labor shortage, if they wanted. Nearly the same number of Americans – roughly 11 million – could easily be encouraged into the full-time workforce. They’re unemployed and underemployed food stamp recipients between the ages of 18 and 59, and they don’t have young dependents who can’t yet go to school.