The coronavirus pandemic has had a strong but unpredictable impact on the economy. Nearly two years into the age of COVID-19, we are seeing the effects of supply-chain issues, higher-than-usual inflation and a vastly altered workforce that has created labor shortages in many industries.

So it is interesting that a recent Columbian article details a counterintuitive repercussion of the pandemic: A boom in the issuing of business licenses. Battle Ground, for example, issued 137 new business licenses in 2021.

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