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US faces turkey shortage ahead of Thanksgiving due to high costs for feed and fuel, continued labor shortages, avian flu affecting flocks across the country; Biden Administration, USDA have taken steps to ease bottleneck, though results remain to be seen

Commentary: World's baby shortfall is so bad that labor shortage will last for years, which means hiring will be harder and workers will have more leverage, economists predict; working age population in US, UK, Canada expected to fall 3% from 2026 to 2036

GlobalData: Robots in construction can help maintain productivity at a time when fewer people are pursuing a career in the industry; robots can also keep workers safe, increasingly be used to complete dangerous tasks such as roofing and demolition work

Small- to medium-size confectionery businesses in Germany reporting severe problems filling vacancies for unskilled workers on production lines, according to Federal Assn. of the German Confectionery Industry

Commentary: COVID's drag on workforce persists, keeping millions out of work, reducing productivity; resulting labor shortage putting upward pressure on wages and inflation, forcing some companies to change how they operate and making many less efficient

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