Georgia economic forecaster: Get used to supply chain issues

At a grocery store in Quincy, Mass., on March 26, 2020, a passerby walks down an aisle with empty shelves where paper towels are normally stocked. (Steven Senne/AP)

Atlanta grocery store shelves have looked pretty sparse lately — much like toilet paper aisles circa March 2020.

Now it’s not just bathroom tissue missing off the shelves. Many common household items are scarce. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard about supply chain issues and transportation woes, but is that the whole picture?

Rajeev Dhawan, professor and director of Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center, has looked at the impact of other COVID-19 variants like Delta on Georgia’s economy and says the empty shelves are far from an Atlanta problem. He also says in some instances, even six years won’t fix the supply chain issue.

His best advice? Expect it. Get used to it. And work around it.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.