What the job market and labor shortages look like in Greater Lansing

We gave him a lot of names.

The great resignation. The big reshuffle. Even the “great resign”.

“But from our perspective, the big reshuffle is really what we’re seeing because it’s not that workers are just leaving the workforce as a whole,” said Carrie Rosingana, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works. !. “It’s that they are looking for these new jobs and these new opportunities where they feel comfortable and safe and the culture is really what they are looking for as an employee. “

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the local job market in 2020, causing many businesses to shut down temporarily or permanently. The region saw record unemployment rates in April 2020 at 21.6% for Eaton County, 18.8% for Clinton County and 18.3% for Ingham County.

Display of workers looking for workers seen on Tuesday January 11, 2022 at Wendy's on East Kalamazoo Street in Lansing.

But as businesses reopened and restrictions eased in 2021, workers have not returned. The region, state and country have experienced labor shortages for months and this continues until 2022.

In over 30 years of working in human resources, hiring and recruiting, Sherry Pfaff-Doody, Director of Talent Acquisition for Sparrow Health System, has never seen anything like employers face. currently with labor shortages.

“I would say it’s more stressful than ever,” she said.

Are there still shortages?

In Michigan, 11 of 14 metropolitan statistical areas remained stable or added jobs (not seasonally adjusted) in November, according to the January edition of Michigan’s Labor Market News by the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.

Of these, the Lansing region experienced the largest percentage increase in unadjusted non-farm payroll employment at 4.8%.

However, it has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Although employment in the “professional and business services sector” increased 1.4% in November, employment remained 10.9% below employment levels in November 2019.

“There are definitely still shortages,” Rosingana said.

Signage looking for workers seen on Tuesday January 11, 2022 at Taco Bell in Frandor.

She attributes these shortages in part to pandemic challenges and systematic barriers people have faced since 2020, including seeking child care and concerns of contracting COVID-19.

Access to affordable, high-quality child care continues to disrupt working parents, especially women, forced out of the workforce to care for children due to COVID-19. Nearly 9,000 children in the Lansing area have been displaced from care during the pandemic, exacerbating a pre-existing child care gap in the region, said Victoria Meadows, strategic director of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, in an e -mail.

Jeremy Isaac from Lansing is looking for IT work on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Capital Area Michigan headquarters in Lansing.

School closures or going virtual have also had an impact on the labor market for student workers. The Lansing area is home to Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Davenport University, and other colleges and universities. Having fewer students in the region has left many entry-level customer service positions open, Rosingana said.

As for the Sparrow Health System’s workforce shortages, more than 380 positions were listed for Greater Lansing on its career website on Wednesday evening. Pfaff-Doody said open positions can range from 40 hours to a few hours per week.

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