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When will the workforce return to normal?

Chris Rivera of Guilford Works says the answer is elusive.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Federal stimulus checks stopped on Sept. 4 and many thought that was the beginning of the end of the worker shortages we've seen in many industries. Think again.

"I know that our area businesses are doing all they can with everything from working from home options to pay raises as incentives to get back to work so it's not for a lack of trying," said Guilford Works Executive Director Chris Rivera, "But the truth of the matter is that people aren't flocking back to the workforce at this point."

Rivera said they have seen increases in attendance at their job fairs which is a good sign but it's not where it needs to be.

"We are seeing data showing more than 40,000 jobs out there but only 13 thousand or so are seeking employment," Rivera said. "So even if they ALL went back there would still be a deficit." 

Rivera said one of the factors could be that workers have decided to live more frugally than before, which may be a reason they are slower to return to the workforce.

For more information on Guilford Works or if you need help finding a job check out their website.