Fed: Economic Growth Continued; Challenges Filling Positions


Economic activity continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace in March and early April, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s latest report on regional economies (known as the “beige book”). Employment growth was modest to moderate in most districts, though many employers experienced challenges finding qualified candidates to fill positions. Labor shortages were most often noted in high-skilled positions, including engineering, information technology, and health care, as well as in construction and transportation. Wage growth was modest. Staffing demand held steady or increased, but talent shortages persisted.

View interactive beige book summaries by district, focused on employment, wages, and the staffing industry, at americanstaffing.net/federal-reserve-beige-book.

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