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Amazon and Walmart are winning the labor market wars

Amazon er nogle af de mange arbejdsgivere i USA, der må lokke nye ansatte med en bonus for at skaffe folk nok til de mange ubesatte stillinger. Foto: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Most of the talk this year about the labor market recovery has focused on the hardest industry, leisure and hospitality, and the struggles that restaurant and hotel owners have had trying to staff up. Under the radar, it's a different industry - manufacturing - that's having even more difficulty finding the workers it needs. And that's what this week's job openings report hammered home.

Despite its reputation for high wages, the manufacturing sector is falling behind on the compensation front as service companies like Amazon.com and Walmart continue to raise their pay to be competitive in a tight labor market. We're used to America losing manufacturing jobs because companies can find cheaper workers abroad, but perversely, we might begin losing more of those jobs because factory owners can't offer what service employers can...

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