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Workers 'can name their price and be extremely choosy': Here's why this local labor market in isn't working

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Roger Dixon, 33 talks about the pandemic and his employment history at GreatWork Employment in Akron on Wednesday June 9, 2021. Dixson was the only one of four scheduled appointments to show up at the agency. The board behind him celebrates workers who were hired by the companies they were working at as contract workers.

Roger Dixon considered a $16-an-hour job last week at a food snack factory in Akron, Ohio.

“It was enough for me to come down and see what’s going on,” Dixon said while reviewing his job offer Wednesday at Great Work! Employment Services on East Market Street in Akron.

The 33-year-old machinist said the regional staffing agency always finds him good-paying jobs. But he’s never earned $16 an hour in his life.

He made $12.50 an hour a year ago at a window and door factory in Cuyahoga Falls. When the pandemic hit, his employer required masks then made work voluntary.

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