Why are employers facing a worker shortage as economy rebounds?

MGM Northfield Park chef Tony Graceffo, right, talks with a job fair participant Thursday in Northfield.

There are strong signs that the economy in Northeast Ohio as well as the rest of the United States is recovering from the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And those signs largely say one thing: “Help Wanted.”

“Like the dandelions, they are popping up all over the place,” said Brad Ehrhart, president of the Portage Development Board in Portage County.

Employers in a wide range of industries are hiring in the Greater Akron area, including manufacturers, trucking companies, machine shops, restaurants, supermarkets and the MGM Northfield racino.

Fact Check:Unemployment rate hit historic high, not low, during pandemic

But a lot of businesses say they continue to have a hard time filling openings, even with millions of people across the nation — thousands locally — still out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. Local as well as national figures show increasing numbers of people with jobs, but those numbers remain below pre-pandemic levels.

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