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 6 APRIL 28, 2021
  Long before COVID-19 arrived in Western Mass., businesses across many sectors
were struggling to find adequate supplies
of good help. But now, just as the economy seems ready to surge, the problem, fueled increasingly by unemployment benefits
that are conspiring to keep workers on the sidelines, is getting considerably worse, with no real end in sight.
SBy George O’Brien
teve Corrigan has been in the landscaping business for more than 40 years now, and for most of that time, finding good help has been a challenge — to one degree or another.
But he says he’s never seen anything quite like this.
“Between our Chicopee location, a small branch we have in Wilbraham, and the office we have in Manchester, Conn., we probably have 12 to 15 positions we could fill tomorrow if we could find the people,” said Corrigan, president of Mountain View Landscapes and Lawncare, adding that this is a mighty big ‘if’ at the moment. “It’s crazy what’s going on — and it’s across the board.”
The Pandemic Has Made a Big Problem
That Much Worse
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