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The tight labor markets that have persisted since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic are forcing American businesses to spend more and face greater costs in recruiting hourly employees.

A new report from Bluecrew called "The True Cost of Recruitment and Employment" shows the real-life markup on recruiting and employing one $15-per-hour employee for a year is around 63 percent. Employers spend nearly $19,400 on taxes, insurance, benefits, recruiting, and ongoing management over the course of one year.

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