If there are employers who are seeing enough demand for labor that they would ordinarily be hiring new workers, but are not doing so because of uncertainty stemming from the debt ceiling, then we would expect that they are working their existing workforce additional hours. This one is easy to check.
Here's what average weekly hours looks like according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
See the jump in hours due to the uncertainty? That's right, it's not there. This means Governors Gregoire and Walker and the rest either do not have a clue about what is going in the labor markets in their state or they are making things up.
Bill: This issue is actually much easier to understand than reading the above. As I said here:
I've seen a number of articles (here, here), which say that the reason small businesses, the well-known primary generator of jobs, aren't hiring is that there are no customers. I've not heard or seen or imagined any small business saying to themselves "Say, if I could just get a tax rate reduction, I'd hire a bunch of people". Perhaps you have? In other words, if you've ever been in a small business, you know that taxes, minimum wages, "uncertainty", etc, are secondary or tertiary issues to consider in running the business and hiring.Oh, and this is interesting IMO.
Oh-2 (dead-horse-beating) - If you are in a small business, you live "uncertainty". Clearly, no one who cites "uncertainty" as a reason small business does or does not do something has ever had the remotest connection with an actual small business.
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