Economic Trends

According to new employment data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the leisure and hospitality industry boosted economy-wide employment gains by adding 74,000 jobs in the month of September. Specifically, food service and drinking places gained 29,000 new staff, helping to drop the sector unemployment rate by 1.4 points to 7.7…

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Fighting Over Unemployment Premium

As the labor shortage continues to wreak havoc with small businesses across the country, the issue is being fought out in a host of different venues. First off, there are the many states that have announced (or already) that they are suspending or ceasing the extra bonus payments as we’ve reported in prior issues. That…

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Labor Shortage Front and Center

Notwithstanding the record number of job openings across the country, the lure of an additional $300 in unemployment benefits continues to outweigh the value of an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work for too many small businesses. In its monthly jobs report, the National Federation of Small Business (NFIB) reported that in the…

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Economy Moves Front & Center

As we move closer to a complete reopening of the American economy in the wake of decreasing COVID -19 infections and increasing citizens being fully vaccinated, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) information is getting much more play in news cycles – and for a bunch of not-so-encouraging reasons. First off, the labor shortage appears to…

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Upcoming DDIFO Webinar

As we look toward possibly being able to host some in-person meetings in the near future, we continue to schedule timely and informative regular webinars for your benefit. Our next presentation in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar Series will be held next Wednesday, May 12. Beginning at 2:00 PM EDT, we’ll present, “7 Facts About Background…

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Competitor News

Krispy Kreme may be going public again, after being privately held by JAB Holdings since it acquired the Winston-Salem based chain out of bankruptcy just about five years ago. Krispy Kreme officials acknowledged earlier this week that it had confidentially filed a draft initial public offering (IPO) with U.S. regulators. The IPO still must be…

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Feds Considering H-2B Visa Increase

In a budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Homeland Security this week, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reported that a decision on raising the cap for the temporary non-agricultural guest worker H-2B visa program will be made “very shortly.” The H-2B program is currently capped at 66,000 visas issued…

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Generational Differences on Tap at DDIFO Conference

Among all the exceptional topics that we’ve got on the agenda for the 2019 DDIFO National Conference, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on October 28 and 29, we’re sure you’re not going to want to miss the presentation by generational author, expert and researcher Meagan Johnson. Her cutting edge book, Generations, Inc: From Boomers to…

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Independent Joe #53 December 2018/January 2019

Espresso is a term derived from the Latin “to press” and the Italian word for “to press out.” It refers to strong black coffee made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. In Italy, people stand and socialize at their local espresso bar while they wait for their hot shot to be concocted. Mary Beth…

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