Dry cleaner makes the rounds to keep business going

Aug 30, 2022
Hangers Cleaners, a Missouri pickup and delivery service, is trying to find the right employees and stay competitive with pay.
"It feels like a family here, but there are limits as far as what we can pay and still have a viable business," said Joe Runyan, co-owner of Hangers Cleaners.
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Expect the job market to stay tight -- even if the economy heads into a recession

Aug 5, 2022
There's a shortage of workers, thanks to retiring Baby Boomers and declining immigration.
A number of economic factors, including lower-than-normal labor force participation, declining immigration, and  retirements among Baby Boomer-aged workers means that labor shortages may persist well into the future.
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Companies still need workers. More teens are getting hired.

Jun 7, 2022
Rising pay appears to be one reason more younger people are working again.
To get through the labor crunch, more businesses are turning to younger workers.
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Labor shortage causes employers to back off drug screenings

Mar 31, 2022
The percentage of American workers testing positive for drugs is at a 20-year high
A large proportion of positive test results are driven by marijuana  positivity, a senior scientist at Quest Diagnostics said.
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How much of our labor force has been lost to COVID-19?

Jan 24, 2022
According to one expert, COVID deaths and workers left on the sidelines from long COVID account for 18% of unfilled jobs.
New data show that hourly wages are up by 5.6 percent on average as of March, but employees are demanding more from employers in a strong labor market.
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Nursing homes are in critical need of staff

Jan 11, 2022
Some nursing homes say they can't compete for workers, as fast-food places and other retailers have raised wages.
Ashley Rose (left) and Patsy Wilkerson (right) are occupational therapy assistant who work at Knollwood Manor in Lafayette, Tennessee. They joke that they’re also certified nursing assistant assistants because the nursing home is so short on CNAs they end up picking up many of their duties.
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Hospitals try to manage omicron surge along with staff shortages

Jan 10, 2022
Many U.S. hospitals report being critically short-staffed. Some are reducing beds and services or bringing back infected workers.
With more hospitals critically understaffed during the omicron surge, some have had to reduce bed capacity or defer elective procedures.
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What might Canada's vaccine border mandate mean for the economy?

Jan 10, 2022
Some in the trucking industry say the mandate may exacerbate its current worker shortage.
A new vaccine requirement for drivers to cross the U.S.-Canada border could compound labor shortages among long-haul truckers and worsen other supply chain issues.
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Employers struggle to hire and retain workers almost two years into the pandemic

Jan 6, 2022
"It's the most desperate situation that I can ever recall being in and I’ve been in some pretty desperate ones," said one restauranteur.
Worker turnover is high in low-wage sectors, like the food industry, as employees seek better opportunities.
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Rural hospitals, short of staff, brace for omicron

Dec 28, 2021
Many health care workers have fled the pandemic's burdens in areas with low vaccination rates and fragile economies.
 A health care worker tends to a COVID-19 patient in Apple Valley, California. Rural hospitals are struggling to hire staff amid surging case numbers.
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