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Though rates of COVID infection remain high in many parts of the U.S., many Americans are looking forward to a summer of more traditional pursuits, such as vacation trips, amusement parks, ice cream outings, etc. For businesses that are typically seasonal in nature, this should be a welcome opportunity to get back to some approximation of normal.  Unfortunately, things are not shaping up that way.

A chronic labor shortage is causing companies to make tough decisions.  Across the country we are seeing announcements of facilities not being able to open or being forced to open with shortened service hours.  As the charts below show, consumer demand is high and wages are being pushed up, but with almost two open jobs for every job seeker, there simply are not enough drivers, waiters, cooks, lifeguards, etc. to adequately staff these locations.  

Average Hourly Earning


Payrolls in Selected Industries

The immediate impact for most of us will be felt in the form of limited services, waiting lists and higher prices.  For investors, it could mean that certain parts of the market will continue to be challenged (airlines, hotels, tourism-related businesses), which will be an ongoing source of volatility.

For long-term broadly diversified investors, these types of shorter-term challenges get reflected in prices and tend not to be a major stumbling block for performance over time.  Don’t let market gyrations get you hot under the collar and try to make the most of the summer! And don’t forget your sunscreen!



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