Biden’s economic challenge: Finding workers and goods

  • President Joe Biden speaks about the 2021 jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • President Joe Biden speaks about the 2021 jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Government figures Friday are projected to show that employers added 433,000 workers at the end of 2021, the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists. (Paul Maguire/Dreamstime/TNS)

President Joe Biden enters the midterm election year of 2022 determined to address what economists call a “supply” problem — there aren’t enough jobseekers or goods to meet the country’s needs.