Local businesses suffer a shortage of workers

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EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)- As local businesses in Humboldt County try to recover at this stage of the pandemic they face a new obstacle, a shortage of workers.

Local businesses are beginning to slowly get back to normal and lots of help wanted signs are popping up left and right.

Lots of jobs are opening up all across the county, but many local businesses are struggling to hire new employees or rehire employees they had to let go during the peak of the pandemic.

“It’s been a little problematic to bring some of those people back,” said Briar Bush, General Manager and Director of Sales at the Lost Coast Brewery. “They have found other jobs in the in-between.”

A lot of these businesses say that enhanced unemployment payments have played a huge role in the struggle to fill positions, even though the payments don’t last forever.

“With the unemployment and the benefits they get from that, nobody wants to work anymore,” said Meredith Biasco, the manager at Don’s Rent-All.

“Employees, are always looking for greener pastures, you can’t blame them,” said Bush. “They’re always looking for better opportunities, you can’t blame them.”

Because of this, many business have been using employment posting boards and social media to attract potential employees.

“I’ve advertised on Facebook, I’ve advertised on Craigslist,” said Biasco. “I think I’ve gotten one resume emailed to me and that was it.”

Local businesses know that these times are tough and hope that people can slowly start to come back to work to bring a sense of normalcy back into the workforce.