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Reasons for shortage of workers remain unclear

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by Emmett Avery

Newport’s Faith Lighthouse Assembly of God played host to a job fair on July 29, and about an hour into the event, 11 people looking for employment had circulated among the 23 tables set up by would-be employers.

This scene appears representative of the labor market at large.  Businesses across the board are looking to hire, but many say it’s hard to find anyone to work.  What, exactly, is driving this situation remains unclear.

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