Staff shortages have businesses shuffling


October 13, 2021

No lunch at The Fork at Skagit Bay. No summer patio service at the Calico Cupboard. One person filling parts orders at the Morris Street NAPA store. A dozen-plus openings on the La Conner School District website.

These are among the local impacts of a national scenario that in July saw 10.1 million job openings and 9.5 million unemployed people.

“That’s backwards,” said Scott Price of Edward Jones in La Conner. “Now we are at about 4.8 million unemployed, but there are still a lot of job openings out there, especially in the restaurant and service industries.”

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