Unemployed Mainers Cite Skills Mismatches, COVID-19 Concerns as Top Job Barriers

"There’s a shortage of workers across Maine’s economy, but job seekers are having a tough time rejoining the workforce because jobs don’t match their skills and other concerns, a survey released Thursday by the Maine Department of Labor found.

The July survey of more than 2,600 unemployment insurance claimants and active job seekers found that 34 percent cited job and skill mismatches and 31 percent cited COVID-19 concerns. Job quality concerns also were among the top complaints, with 29 percent citing insufficient wages. Another 15 percent cited lack of child care." Continue reading here.

Listen to the recent Eggs and Issues, with the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, conversation with Commissioner Laura Fortman here



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