Mecosta County businesses facing pandemic staff shortage
BIG RAPIDS – The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on businesses in Michigan, and in the Big Rapids area, many employers are struggling to find enough employees for the busy summer months. Staff shortages have forced many companies to adapt and offer additional incentives to try to hire more employees.
According to the Michigan Department of the Treasury, in May, the number of employed people increased by 3.8 million, the labor force increased by 1.7 million people and the number of unemployed people decreased by 2.1 million. . Additionally, Michigan payroll employment in May 2020 was 1 million jobs below its May 2019 level. Despite these reported economic improvements, the pandemic continues to strain many struggling small local businesses. to find enough employees.
- December 30, 2018