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Many Reasons For Shortage


Last updated 6/14/2021 at 7:04pm

On today’s front page readers will find a story about the labor shortage in Transylvania County. The shortage exists not only here but nationwide, and while some may look for simple causes and solutions, the matter is quite complex. It is the result of long-term trends and short-term anomalies partly caused by reactions to COVID-19.

It’s important to recognize that the labor force in North Carolina was shrinking long before COVID-19, the stimulus payments and supplemental unemployment benefits from the federal government. According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, the percentage of...

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