Cooney answers question of where Michigan workers have gone

May 11, 2021 Detroit Free Press

Businesses and companies need more workers right now, but they can't find them. Patrick Cooney, assistant director of economic mobility at U-M Poverty Solutions, attributed most of the gap between supply and demand of labor to public health.

"Our best economic tool right now is public health," Cooney said. "Once we get to a point where there's enough folks vaccinated and some of the fear about being in public abates, I do think that there will be this kind of resurgence in the service economy."