Labor Shortages, H-2B Cap and Drugs are Cutting into Business

Ohio is added to the list of states with businesses suffering from labor shortages.

Akron Beacon Journal
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Landscaping companies are feeling the heat and it’s not because of a warmer-than-typical spring.

Many landscaping businesses in Northeast Ohio say they are short on workers this year. That reflects a national unemployment rate at an 18-year low of 3.8 percent.

The businesses say they are unable to bring in enough legal immigrants using a federal visa program designed to fill seasonal low-skill jobs.

The government no longer is granting exemptions to the visa program that made thousands more returning migrant workers available in previous seasons, the landscapers said.

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