The low unemployment rate in Chester County is causing some industries to experience a labor shortage, writes Ellie Rushing for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The county’s unemployment is currently at 2.6 percent, the lowest in the state.
“Recent data suggests that for every person looking for a job, there are two to three jobs available,” said Guy Ciarrocchi, chief executive of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.
There are currently employment opportunities in all sectors, including finance, nursing, technology and software developers, and customer service. For now, though, the greatest demand is in agriculture and transportation.
According to Patrick Bokovitz, director of the Chester County Department of Community Development, there were 23,532 jobs posted online in April in Chester County. The greatest number of available jobs was in transportation and material-moving industry at 3,727.
Meanwhile, there “is in excess of 1,000 full-time permanent positions” in agriculture, according to Ciarrocchi.
Read more about the labor shortage in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.