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The labor shortage means nobody wants to pick up your trash

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The labor shortage is trash. Like, literally, there is more trash lying around as local governments struggle to hire more sanitation workers.

Bloomberg’s CityLab reports that government jobs are still well below their pre-pandemic state — about 780,000 are missing — and that could be impacting everything from trash getting picked up to staffing dispatchers for 911 calls. For instance, according to Bloomberg, a quarter of the jobs in Baltimore’s public works department are still unfilled.

Trash pick-ups have been one sector impacted by workers opting not to return to in-person roles, or switching roles altogether. details ⇒

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