DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Locally and nationally, employers in multiple industries are struggling to find workers. Reasons range from fear of COVID-19 to an inability to find child care, but the end result is the same — many people aren’t going back to work.
For the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA), CEO Robert Ruzinsky says bus drivers are down 20% from pre-pandemic years.
“This situation is impacting transit across the country, across the state — employers in all industries right now,” said Ruzinsky.
Recently, Greater Dayton RTA announced that they’ve been forced to limit multiple routes. In Ruzinsky’s 30-plus years working in public transit, he said he’s never seen such a shortage and need for drivers.
“It’s heart wrenching because we know some people may not be able to get to work themselves. That’s our job, to help people get to work, but if we don’t have the bodies we can’t help people get to work,” said Ruzinsky.
Employment agencies like BARRYSTAFF in Dayton are also struggling with the lack of people looking for employment.
“Even with the governor opting out of enhancing employment benefits, we thought we might see an uptick this week for people kinda jumping in line trying to get ahead of the job search. We haven’t seen it yet,” said Doug Barry, president of BARRYSTAFF.
Barry says with no workers, wait times in multiple industries like restaurants, groceries and transportation are going to be longer with lack of product and service. He also encourages people who are unemployed to start searching.
“Now’s the time. You need to get in before folks start to realize those benefits are going to run out and they start getting back into the work force,” said Barry.
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