Daily VideoDecember 5, 2011
Why Are Small Businesses Reluctant to Hire?
Small businesses have been at the center of the political debate of the American jobs crisis for a while, and many people wonder why they are not hiring as many workers as in the past. Some small business owners in Nashville, Tennessee say uncertainty and government regulations are keeping them from hiring new employees.
One business owner says he supports the ideals of the Republican Party because they advocate for less government and, therefore, fewer government rules that drive up his expenses. But, he adds that a lack of customer demand for his products is also adding to his business woes, pointing to the still-lagging economy.
Almost all business owners interviewed in Nashville agreed that the only way to overcome uncertainty in their businesses that leads them not to hire is to make sure the customer demand is there.
“The policy of the Republican Party is less government in our lives. We can create jobs when the government stays off of our back. It’s that simple.” – Bobby Joslin, small business owner
“We’re not going to shut down business for the next two years to see who gets elected and see what changes they make.” – Travis Copley, small business owner
Warm Up Questions
1. What is a small business? Can you name some small businesses in your community?
2. If you were going to go look for a job, where would you look? Why?
3. What is unemployment?
1. Why is unemployment a bad thing for a country?
2. Why is customer demand an essential part of running a successful business? How would increased demand help hiring?
3. Why do you think politicians are so focused on American small businesses? Why do they matter to the economy?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
A series of paintings by African-American artist Hale Woodruff gives a new view to the story of a slave rebellion. Continue reading
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in support of net neutrality, approving new rules to protect equal access to the Internet. Continue reading
Could you beat a machine at a video game? With a new system created by artificial intelligence researchers, it just became less likely. Continue reading
President Obama has vetoed a bill that would approve the Keystone Pipeline expansion, a project causing fierce debate between Republican lawmakers and environmentalists. Continue reading
The war in Gaza killed left thousands of families homeless, living in makeshift shelters. Continue reading