Five, Hawaii, Today discussed on Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal
In los angeles. I'm kai ryssdal. It is tuesday today. The eighth of june. Good as always to have you along everybody. We are going to do a one to to start things off today. A macro micro thing a big picture and then granular look inside the gears of this economy. The case study at hand is the supply chain on which we have spent as. You're no no small amount of time. The past couple of months shortages and price spikes logistical. Bottlenecks well to that end. The biden administration says it has planned the supply chain disruptions task will thinking goes increase domestic production of critical inventory like semiconductors in batteries. That was announced. Today it is also by the way admission that we are not going to be able to make everything we need ourselves. Marketplace's justin hose on the macro desk. Today what the biden administration's really doing here is trying to reduce the economy's dependence on china talking about trying to reduce dependence on other countries for rare earth. That's mainly china. Td russ is an economics. Professor at uc davis. They're talking about trying to safeguard and encourage domestic sources of key pharmaceutical ingredients here. We import those from china. So the idea instead is to rely more on american. Allies is trading partners. Says rachel brewster at duke law school when we're discussing semiconductors. Our major allies will be out three. Ed japan i wan when we move onto pharmaceuticals. It's going to be maced much more in europe. But there's a problem with that says emily blanchard at dartmouth. We have been entangled in many of the same trading partners for a number of years the trump administration slap tariffs on trade with a lot of these countries and even now tariffs on european metals. Remain in place. I think here we are sensing a very deliberate and intentional policy shift by the biden administration to say let's deal with some of these national security concerns with our neighbors not despite our neighbors blanchard says we don't have the capacity to manufacture everything we need in the us. It'd be a fool's errand. She says to try to go it alone. I'm justin how for marketplace. The mark part of this supplies story today comes to us from the national federation of independent business which released its small business optimism index this morning. The group's monthly survey of business owners in retailing construction manufacturing also services among the highlights forty percent of small business owners plan on raising prices the most since nineteen eighty-one marketplace's kristen schwab made some calls bobbi williams in columbia south carolina is facing some tough competition not for who can make the best catfish or country fried steak. But who can lauren workers like. Say if you could bog mirror we will hire well. We just need some bodies right now. Williams raised starting wages at his restaurant. Lizard's thicket to ten dollars an hour up from eight. Meanwhile prices of everything from pork to plastic goods are soaring. Bacon has doubled food. Prep gloves quadrupled because manufacturing processing trucking. Everything is backed up every week. There's five or six items that are out of stock williams's had to pass the cost onto customers because he simply can't sell more to make more money labor and supply shortages are holding business owners down. The big issue is that they aren't able to take advantage of that increasing demand for their good or service. Hollywood is with the national federation of independent business which found half of small business owners had unfilled job. Openings in may and of those more than ninety percent say there were few or no qualified applicants. that's jeweler becky. Both problem in oak michigan her goldsmith moved to hawaii during the pandemic. she needs sales associates. Too i can train people to sound. But i can't train people to have a personality binding people with that you know. Hey how are you in the. It's more high. She too has had to raise wages. And that's not her only problem. Her suppliers are raising prices because minds and manufacturers overseas are still dealing with pandemic disruptions. I'm kristen schwab for marketplace on wall street today. Not a whole lot of enthusiasm. Either way really..