Workers benefit from COVID labor market trends, employers struggle

Express Employment Professionals connects job seekers to employment opportunities in manufacturing and other fields.

Some Bloomington business leaders said they believe the pandemic has accelerated labor force trends and shifted dynamics to the detriment of employers — and to the benefit of workers.

“I think it’s going to be a buyer’s market for the employees,” said Timber Tucker, owner of Express Employment Professionals, which has offices in Bloomington and Evansville and helps connect businesses with job seekers.

Tucker took over the business shortly before the financial crisis of 2007-08, and he spent lots of time reaching out to businesses to find jobs for people. Since then, however, the market has flipped, and now employers from restaurants to high-tech companies are scrambling for workers.

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