Alaska’s labor shortage offers a chance to redefine workforce development
As Alaska’s economy began to reopen this spring, restaurants welcomed customers who had been long missed during pandemic closures. Hopes in April were high that the country was rebounding. By early May, they were dashed by jobs numbers depicting what would soon be deemed a labor shortage. Some blamed stimulus checks and unemployment benefits for keeping workers away, while others said the onus was on employers to re-evaluate wages and benefits as people reassess what they want to do for work in a post-pandemic world.
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