Why are there so many unfilled jobs in the United States?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on December 13, 2021

Dr. Perryman explains how the country has more jobs than workers and some potential solutions to this labor force issue.

Why are some people not returning to work?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 19, 2021

Dr. Perryman responds to Texas dropping additional unemployment benefits and examines other reasons individuals may choose not to return to their jobs. 

(Lots of) Help Wanted
Column Published in syndication May 04, 2022

Job openings in Texas reached an all-time high in February at 932,000, far exceeding unemployment (about 635,000 at present). While that's beneficial for those looking for work, it's presenting notable challenges. Businesses unable to fill positions are often forced to respond by reducing operating hours or even closing locations, and the economy is functioning at less-than-optimal efficiency.

The Wrong Answer
Column Published in syndication May 19, 2021

Texas recently opted out of federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the $300 weekly supplement. The reason often given is that there are as many job openings as there are Texans receiving benefits, with the implication being that people will now be more eager to enter the workforce.