I was disappointed at Matt Junker’s article about the problems with a low jobless rate (“Help wanted: Maine’s low jobless rate a ‘double-edged sword’”). While mentions were made of “benefits and competitive wages,” and “paid vacation and health care,” even a “$500 signing bonus,” there was a failure to acknowledge that higher wages, week after week, can overcome a perceived workforce shortage. This is the normal way the market is supposed to work, as long as labor is valued as the limited, quality commodity that it is. This should be the way that low unemployment levels lead to increased permanent wage levels, and an improvement in everyone’s social and financial standing.

Robert A. Hammer