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Good Benefits Help Keep Good Employees

The Mahoning Valley is home to a shrinking and aging population. Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are all experiencing population loss, which includes a loss of younger workers to other labor markets. So is Mercer County, Pa.


That makes the job of employers, who are looking to attract and retain skilled workers all the more difficult, says George W. Morris, president of the Morris Financial Group Inc. in Salem.


“It’s hard to retain younger people,” Morris says. “If you talk to business owners around here, that’s one of the biggest struggles they have. Before they even worry about acquiring, attracting and retaining business, their No. 1 problem is keeping good people to help them run the business.”


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