My industry is suddenly abandoning buildings due to a lack of workers

Rather suddenly my industrial district started to look like this, with a lot of buildings abandoned:

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If I check the buildings, the stated reason for abandoning is a lack of workers. I looked at the city statistics, but I can’t see any reason for the sudden lack of workers:

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The number of jobs is stable, the population increased. This doesn’t make any sense to me. Any idea what causes this and how to fix the situations?


Has your city’s overall education level increased recently? Low level industrial buildings want uneducated workers, and workers will prefer to take jobs that are of their education level. Your workforce may be over-educated now and avoiding industrial jobs.

If this is the case, the only way I know to deal with this short of shuttering all of your schools is to keep a close equilibrium between workers and jobs. Educated workers will take lower education jobs if there’s nothing else available, so having a shortage of jobs at their level will force them in.

Once you’ve done that, start working on raising the level of the factories themselves. Higher level industry takes higher level workers and will be much happier in your city with its educated work force. You can do this by adding services to the industrial area like fire departments and transportation (particularly freight trains).

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