Pittsburg’s economy makes progress recovering from pandemic

PITTSBURG, Ks. – Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall says there are many indicators that the city’s economy is recovering from the pandemic, but the most tangible could be Pittsburg’s tax revenue compared to a year ago.

“We just got the latest (numbers) and they’re actually around 13% for the year now, so they’re way up there, which is obviously a good problem if you’re running a city,” Halle said.

Hall also says the city’s numerous job opportunities and strong economy are bringing more people to the city.

“The unemployment rate is 3.1 or 3.2%, which is really full employment for a community our size. And then we keep taking calls from people wanting to open stores in town, which is always nice. And then we’ll start with what will be our fourth housing estate, ”said Hall.

Teri McThompson is a Pittsburgh business owner whose business, Splash Pool and Patio, is doing well this summer. But unlike many other companies, the pandemic didn’t sink its ship last year.

“We were still busy, very busy. Lots of people went out and bought pools so they could stay home because that was their entertainment instead of traveling, ”said McThompson.

Teri says many of these new pool owners are now returning customers, but that doesn’t mean the pandemic has just made their business run smoothly.

“You know, where I used to get things overnight, it now takes up to a week to get it just because it calls for cargo drivers and stuff like that,” McThompson said.

And like many other employers across the country, Teri has a hard time hiring full staff.

But with all of the new customers she gained during the pandemic, Teri thinks this year may be a little better than the previous one and is excited to be among the many Pittsburgh business owners who are still standing after a difficult year .

“I mean, I know it will work by itself in the long run, so we just have to hold on and get through ’21 now,” said McThompson.

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