Fox Maine: ‘Labor Shortages Continue Across the Nation’ Because of ‘Unusually High Unemployment Benefits’
REPORTER: "Labor shortages continue across the nation, including the dairy industry. There are fewer job seekers than there are jobs. One dairy analyst saying continued fear about Covid-19 exposure, lack of childcare, several rounds of government checks and unusually high unemployment benefits continue to keep people out of the workplace. U.S. farms and livestock operations employed 11 percent fewer people during a one-week period this past January and April compared to last year. That's according to USDA's annual Farm Labor report. To try and attract workers, wages and benefits are increasing."