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Crain’s Survey: Pandemic-Related Labor Shortage Continues, but May be Easing

Crain’s Detroit Business
Nov. 15, 2021
Dustin Walsh 

Crain’s Detroit Business conducted a survey on 106 businesses to show how businesses are still facing labor shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key takeaways include:

  • Nearly 88% of Metro Detroit businesses surveyed by Crain’s Detroit Business last month are short staffed.
  • The 106 businesses surveyed by Crain’s have an average shortfall of nearly 17 employees.
  • Of those surveyed, 54% said their employees are working longer than the standard 40-hour workweek.
  • More than 77% of those surveyed have raised wages in response to the staffing crisis.
  • Some respondents indicated that attracting talent is harder now that workers have been able to be remote and have a new set of requirements for jobs.
  • The unfilled positions across the business landscape have resulted in reduced sales or eliminated revenue potential, according to 61% of those surveyed.


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