Why are Oregon businesses struggling to find people to hire?

While it’s true a lot companies don’t pay enough, this labor shortage goes beyond that. Businesses paying above minimum wage are having trouble hiring.

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s not just restaurants. Most industries in Oregon — from manufacturing to caregiving, to trucking and banking — are struggling to find workers.

But the unemployment rate is still high. So what’s going on and why is there a labor shortage?

While it’s true a lot companies don’t pay enough, this labor shortage goes beyond that. Businesses paying above minimum wage are having trouble hiring, including manufactured home builders which pay about $20 on average for assembly

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