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You Ask, We Answer: What made hiring difficult in the pandemic?

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(WBNG) -- In this edition of "You Ask, We Answer," 12 News spoke with Robert Murphy, the Director of the Broome-Tioga Workforce to talk about why job recruitment has been a challenge during the pandemic.

Murphy said one reason for this is due to pandemic unemployment benefits. He said some people are actually making more money off of the benefits than they would at a job which lowers the desire to work.

Benefits in New York State expire on Sept. 5 and with that deadline around the corner, Murphy said people should start applying for jobs now.

As a part of ongoing recruitment efforts, the Broome-Tioga Workforce has held numerous job fairs for businesses and prospective employees.

While it has been a struggle for some businesses to recruit, and as time runs out for unemployment benefits, Murphy thinks more resumes could be turned in.

"We're in a situation now where I don't think you want to be when the music ends," Murphy said. "You want to have a chair, and that's a chair inside a job inside a company that is moving forward."

If you don't have a resume, Murphy said that shouldn't discourage you from applying. He suggests using the Broome County Career Center to help build one.

Business owners and managers can call 607-778-2136 for more information.

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Nina Einsidler

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