If it wasn’t so bleak I’d find this chart amusing. I love the idea that we can reduce the worries of business owners to just four things; for sake it doesn’t even call out the five things that your freshman business major is is taught to worry about. It is obvious this data series was intended to server a anti-government anti-tax PR agenda.
The second thing I notice is that two of the curves (taxes and finance) are sufficiently constant as to be uninteresting. The only signal in this data series is just the business cycle – when things are hot the problem is finding good people; when they are lousy the problem is sales.
Sadly this is a horribly bleak chart. It shows that the recession is just awful. It’s the worse in 25 years, at least. It also shows who tightly coupled demand for goods is to demand for labor. Of course it’s not surprising that if you can’t sell your don’t worry much about finding good labor. One way to look at that red line is that it hints at what percentage of firms are hiring.
If we don’t find a way to crank up demand, e.g. sales, we are in for a long a miserable decade.