Job openings plentiful; employers struggle to find workers

Thousands of jobs are available in the region, including in Clark and Champaign counties, despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic recession.

However, many employers face a familiar problem — finding and keeping skilled workers.

“We are in a bad place in terms of the local labor market,” said Ross McGregor, the president of Pentaflex, a manufacturing company in Springfield.

This comes at a time when employers are trying to recruit and maintain workers who have desired skills, especially in manufacturing. McGregor said that can be a difficult task as those workers are limited and highly sought after.


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