US economy: Plenty of growth, not enough workers or supplies

 US economy: Plenty of growth, not enough workers or supplies

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is sparking confusion and whiplash almost as fast as it’s adding jobs.

“Things exploded — it was like a light switch,” said Kirby Mallon, president of Elmer Schultz Services, a family-owned Philadelphia firm that repairs and maintains kitchen equipment for restaurants and other clients. “The labor market is just out of control. We literally cannot hire technicians … We ramped up so quickly, the supply chain wasn’t ready for it.’’

Economic forecasters, with little historical precedent to guide them through the aftermath of a global pandemic, are pondering questions they can’t answer with any confidence:

Does robust consumer…

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