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Best Buy CEO: These 4 challenges are why it’s hard to hire workers right now

Source | | Anneken Tappe | Nathaniel Meyersohn | CNN Business

New York (CNN Business)The economy is recovering but plenty of pandemic-era problems remain: Working parents are struggling to find adequate child care, and people in jobs that require face-to-face interactions must weigh the health risks of returning to work.

Big retailers are taking notice, Best Buy (BBY) CEO Corie Barry told CNN Business’ Nathaniel Meyersohn during a media call discussing the company’s earnings Thursday.
Even as sales are ramping up, Best Buy is seeing a dip in job applications — although it does still receive more applications than it has open positions, Barry said.
There are four major reasons for this, she added.
The first is the ongoing struggle of parents dealing with children at home. “There is a real lack of childcare that still exists,” Barry said.
While the economy is in the process of fully reopening, some schools and day care centers don’t yet operate as they did pre-pandemic — so some working parents are still being forced to balance their child care responsibilities with their jobs. That’s even trickier for those who have to leave their homes to work.
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