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WATCH: A 'Help Wanted: Ohio' Special Report

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Dec 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-30 18:21:46-05

Where did all the workers go, and how can companies win them back?

Throughout 2021, businesses have adapted, hoping to make it through a year where they’ve been hit by a pandemic, inflation, supply chain issues, shortages and “The Great Resignation.”

On Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on News 5, we aired a half-hour “Help Wanted: Ohio” special report to review the tribulations Northeast Ohio companies have been through this year, highlight the businesses and workers that are weathering this difficult time and share what our region’s economic future may look like.

Watch our full "Help Wanted: Ohio" special report in the video player below, and click the links to watch and read the individual stories from our half-hour special.

Help Wanted: Ohio - A News 5 Special Report

Here's how some of Northeast Ohio's 'best places to work' are attracting new hires during the labor shortage
While companies across all sorts of industries continue to struggle with hiring new employees in 2021, businesses consistently ranked as a "Top Place to Work" shared with News 5 their successes and struggles with hiring during the pandemic.

Local women lose their jobs due to COVID-19 and find success in entrepreneurship
COVID-19 halted that flow of employees in downtown Cleveland in 2020, but two women who were laid off during the pandemic are finding new success in their self-started companies.

Childcare, lingering pandemic concerns keeping workers from the workforce, experts say
Across the country it’s estimated there is more than one job open for every American who wants to work, yet still there are millions of people who have yet to return to the workforce. Why? It’s a question not easily answered, though the White House, Congress and economists are struggling to try.

'You gotta treat people with humanity' — How a local bowling alley plans to attract workers
While business has bounced back for many companies in 2021, the pool of new candidates has slowed to a trickle, noticeably in the service industry. An east side coffee shop and a west side bowling alley are dealing with these staffing shortages and coming up with creative solutions for the future.

Akron Public Schools' 'College & Career Academies' prepare students for changing job force
At Akron Public Schools, they're readying students with their College & Career Academies. The plan, introduced to the district a few years ago, allows students to pursue their interests and passions related to high-demand careers in Northeast Ohio.

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