WKSU | By Jeff St. Clair
Published February 9, 2022 at 10:13 PM EST
America is seeing an unprecedented number of people quitting their jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in December alone, nearly 6 million workers left for something better.
The “Great Resignation” is putting a strain on Northeast Ohio businesses, but it’s also putting workers in a new position of power.
A recent survey by the Cleveland-based Fund for Our Economic Future found that 80% of local businesses can’t find enough workers.
The fund’s President Bethia Burke says this talent shortage is spread across business sectors and hard felt.
“It certainly has real impacts on the ability to produce, or serve people, or keep up hospital systems,” she said.
On the other hand, Burke says the demand for workers is giving employees an increased ability to seek better pay or launch new careers.