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The biggest barrier in getting Denton County back to work post-COVID? Affordable child care.

Phedra Redifer

Phedra Redifer, executive director of Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas, speaks at the United Way of Denton County 2022 campaign kickoff breakfast about making child care more affordable.

As the Denton County economy continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea that workers aren’t excited about getting back in front of their computers, behind cash registers and on restaurant floors persists.

All industries are having trouble finding workers, trade specialists say, and the blame has landed on everything from federal stimulus funds to overly generous unemployment benefits to workers flexing newly developed negotiation models.

LUCINDA BREEDING-GONZALES can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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