Labor shortage still the order of the day in Clark County

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Job seekers are also looking for more flexible working hours, remote working options and employee discounts, according to the survey which gathered responses from more than 2,800 workers and more than 2,800 senior executives. .

“Job vacancies are at an all-time high and workers with in-demand skills have more bargaining power,” Senior Managing Director Paul McDonald said in a Robert Half press release. “In this tight labor market, increasing wages is a table issue for employers. Companies need to regularly review salary scales and discuss career paths with employees to align with expectations. “

Another WalletHub report on Wednesday showed Vancouver is doing better than most cities with its economic recovery. Vancouver ranked 42nd among US cities with fastest rebounding employment rates, beating Portland at 52, Tacoma at 53 and Seattle at 84. New York was at the bottom of the list at number 180. The ranking was based on August unemployment rate. , and the evolution of unemployment rates during the pandemic; However, unemployment rates are revised months after they are released, and they are known not to be completely accurate initially.

Look ahead

Since schools have returned in person and daycare centers have reopened, many parents in Clark County are looking to return to the workforce. As their savings on federal benefits dwindle, the labor shortage will likely subside in a more typical job market, said Scott Bailey, regional economist for Southwest Washington.

“There is no question that there are job openings out there,” Bailey said. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out on the work side. My pessimistic side says that in six months people will run out of money and go back to unsatisfying jobs.

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