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"Not Enough Workers"



(p. B1) MILWAUKEE -- At Western Building Products' banana-shaped factory on the lip of the Menomonee River outside Milwaukee, the company's president, Mark Willey, is wrangling with a stubborn problem: not enough workers.

"If someone is here a year, they never leave," Mr. Willey said. "Our problem today is just finding people who want to work."

It is a headache employers across the country are confronting, as Friday's monthly jobs report from the government illustrated. The unemployment rate in November [2018] held steady at 3.7 percent -- the lowest in nearly half a century. And while the pace of hiring slowed to 155,000 from October's above-average showing, the parade of payroll gains marched on uninterrupted for the 98th month



For the full story, see:

Patricia Cohen. "'Hiring Slows in a Labor Pinch." The New York Times (Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018): B1.

(Note: bracketed year added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date Dec. 7, 2018, and has the title "As Hiring Slows, Employers Say It's Getting Harder to Find Workers.")






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