Schools, universities, and employers continue slashing work hours because of Obamacare

by Ryan Streeter on September 22, 2013. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

This type of reporting at Investors Business Daily is important. It’s based on their list of 301 companies they have found that have shortened part-time work weeks to under 30 hours because of Obamacare.

Supporters of the law insist that other economic factors are behind the trend that IBD’s list portrays. But that insistence is looking more and more like flat-earth advocacy.

[T]he workweek at general merchandise stores tumbled from 31.1 hours in December to 29.8 hours in July. The inclusion of Wal-Mart (WMT) and Bealls on IBD’s list point to ObamaCare’s employer mandate as a significant contributing factor.

The average workweek in the hotel and accommodations industry hit a record low in July — lower than in the aftermath of 9/11 or at the bottom of the Great Recession.

In July, the workweek for nonsupervisors fell to 28.8 hours, down from 30.7 hours in March 2010, when ObamaCare was signed into law…

Robert Habeeb, president and COO of Chicago-based First Hospitality Group, told Hotel News Now that a consultant advised his company to cut its number of full-time workers in half and double up on part-timers.

He acknowledged this spring that reducing the company’s full-time workforce was under consideration.

Other industry players have said the employer mandate could lower industry valuations.

This article especially caught my eye since 47 of the 301 entities on the list are in my home state of Indiana. What’s also especially noticeable about the list is how many schools and colleges are represented. Obamacare is reducing economic opportunity for America’s young both because of its direct impact on the number and kinds of jobs available and because of what it’s doing to staffing in our educational institutions.