The Department of Workforce Development says employers may have to step up their game if they want to hire and retain employees post pandemic.
DWD Employment Training administrator Michele Carter says the Department has seen a shift in employment away from food service and tourism industries.
“We see them moving from those, maybe trying to find more secure, steadier work schedules, right? Knowing how much money they’re going to make.”
Carter says employers who offer more competitive wages and job benefits like child care are having a better time retaining their workers, and enticing those who have left the job market back into the workforce.
Anyone who’s looking to find a better job themselves can always come to find training, says Carter.
“I think as people come to us we can help guide them and match them with some of those employer needs. The needs of the future, not just what we used to do.”
DWD says many people who left the workforce due to the pandemic are unable to get back to work because of a lack of services to assist them, like affordable child care. Republicans are blaming the lack of workers on improved unemployment benefits.