ERIC Number: ED308393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Market Shortages. Report of the Secretary of Labor.
Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
As a result of strong economic growth, limited growth of the working population, and a number of other socioeconomic factors, the United States presently has labor shortages in some locations for a variety of jobs. This booklet outlines various aspects of labor shortages and suggests ways that Department of Labor (DOL) activities might be used to alleviate them. The report is organized in four parts. Part I highlights the issue of labor shortages and sets forth some of the forces that are interacting to bring about the situation. Part II describes the kinds of adjustments that are required of workers and employers as labor shortages are encountered and outlines some potential dangers of precipitous policy reaction. Part III identifies the kinds of authorities and activities DOL can bring to bear on this issue and provides examples of the options for action open to the department. Part IV sets forth basic principles that DOL believes must serve as guidelines for public discussion of labor shortages. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.