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If you’ve noticed more ‘help wanted’ signs around Berkshire County, you’re not imagining things. But, the answer, we’ve found, is more complicated than ‘people just don’t want to work.’ Our new series focuses on why there is a labor shortage, what working in the Berkshires means and where our local jobs economy goes from here. 

Job openings might not be where the job seekers are. Younger workers have faced layoffs, while older workers have opted for an earlier-than-expected retirement, in some cases. A loss of child care has disproportionately caused women to juggle their career ambitions with additional household and child care responsibilities. It's not a labor shortage. It’s a great reassessment of work.