The sharp hiring rebound in March indicated that economic pain from the pandemic continues to decline, but one factor in Lancaster and Lebanon County continues to vex some employers—filling open positions, including part-time jobs.
“Global demand, as well as in the U.S., is looking really solid—consumer demand is up, aggregate demand is up, supply chains are feeling crunched,” said Jesse McCree, CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Board, or SCPa Works, which serves an eight-county region that includes Lebanon County. The vaccine has truly helped, as expected, he added. “On a macro level, it seems like things are looking bright. I would say by the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022 we may be back to a more sustainable GDP like we were pre-pandemic.”
“There was a limited workforce before the pandemic and the pandemic further highlighted that there are many more people that are not in the labor market for a variety of reasons and employers are having trouble finding workers.”
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