Looking for workers: Employers struggle to fill jobs, wonder if some workers will return

Finding employees has been a challenge for a couple of years. The coronavirus pandemic appears to have amplified the situation.

Several factors tightened the workforce and contributed to the low unemployment numbers in the years before the pandemic.

One has been dubbed the “silver tsunami.” It started as baby boomers reached retirement age. There are fewer younger workers to replace those who retired and some of those younger workers are more likely to change jobs quickly, said Bishara Addison, director for job preparation at The Fund for Our Economic Future in Cleveland.

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Sara McCarthy is the Fund's Director of Communications.