The low workforce in the Quinte area continues to be an issue, but as the Quinte Economic Development Commission learned Tuesday it’s an issue around the world.
Executive Director Chris King told the Commission there are lots of jobs out there but it’s increasingly difficult to find people to fill the positions.
“Its not just unique to the Bay of Quinte, it’s across the Quinte region and across eastern Ontario, across Canada, across North America. We’ve heard from companies that have plants in multiple jurisdictions that their plants in Europe are facing it. Even some plants in China are facing labour shortages.”
King adds that it’s happening in a lot of areas around the globe but it’s being felt right here in the Bay of Quinte region.
He says, “It’s good news if you’re out of a job.”
And he says companies have to not only advertise their products, but also the culture of their workforce, since the newer generation searches on social media and has more choices.
King says the job participation rate is 57% in the Quinte region, 10% lower than in other regions.