It is ridiculous. I paid a dollar a foot for a THWN well wire triplex. It is the heavy insulated wire and not a mass market item but that was just nuts. Sch40 PVC 1.25" well pipe was over a buck a foot too, at a commercial supplier. I didn't shop much because I was out of water. I saw white wood 2x4s at around $7 each bragging about a sale. If you can't pass this cost on, it is going to kill a lot of smaller shops just when they are starting to come back. Then there is labor. Competing with a $15 an hour unemployment check is tough if you are looking for low end people because that translates closer to $20-25 an hour if you have to actually leave the house. It costs money to work. Sitting on the couch is all gravy.
One major warehouse (furniture primarily) operation was at $12-$14/hr. and close by are two package delivery giants at $16-$22/hr.
Where do you think the few people that were actually looking for jobs went?
Throughout this industrial/office park are many decent job openings, and there is a new Amazon 'last mile' facility rising from the dirt with a August/September open date. (More jobs) This is Amazon #4 in town. Add a new 550k SF two occupant warehouse/distribution operation for another place looking for help.