Businesses struggling to hire say unemployment may be deterring applicants

As Connecticut continues to reopen and bring back business for local companies, many say they're having a difficult time finding employees just to work for them.

News 12 Staff

Apr 14, 2021, 11:51 PM

Updated 1,139 days ago

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As Connecticut continues to reopen and bring back business for local companies, many say they're having a difficult time finding employees just to work for them.
Milford Quality Landscaping says that COVID-related unemployment benefits are keeping people home, making it more difficult to hire new people.
The company has been seeking employees for months, but hasn't received any inquires on its job postings. The company's management says they've seen anything like this in the 37 years of being in business as these job openings were once hard to come by before the pandemic.
The National Federation of Independent Business says finding qualified workers is a problem across Connecticut. It says small businesses are forced to compete with increased unemployment benefits that are keeping people out of the workforce.
Milford Quality Landscaping says the lack of employees is starting to impact its work.
The company is now even offering attendance incentives for employees and to attract people to work for them.


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