With the baby boomer generation now starting to retire, I do not foresee the labor issues getting better any time soon. Improvements will need to come from automation. There is a lack of work ethics from the 19 – 20 year olds entering the workforce. Most don’t want to work more than 20 or 30 hours per week.
There aren’t enough employees to go around! In our area, the unemployment rate is 2.4%, which anytime this drops below 3%, the few applications we do receive are mostly unemployable. Our area also completes with agriculture (farming) plus other manufacturing facilities looking for labor. In the next 5-10 years, we’ll have to turn to legal migrant workers with the support of additional automation.