When you add it all up, it costs $74,000 to put $44,000 in Sally's pocket and to give her $12,000 in benefits. Bottom line: Governments impose a 33% surtax on Sally's job each year.
If you want to understand why businesses are hurting, it's because the government is raping them on a daily basis. And as long as our Socialist Ruling Class continue to punish businesses for creating jobs, we won't be getting many of them.
It really is that simple.