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Sep 25, — Economic development experts say a new problem has been brewing in the North Country, one a lot of business owners don't have much experience with in our rural region. There are too many open jobs and too few workers to fill them.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has been looking at this issue in an an on-going series of reports. Brian Mann : I've been seeing businesses that are closing parts of days because they don't have enough employees, restaurants that aren't serving lunch right now because they can't get people to work.
This is something that the Enterprise has really been looking at, this labor situation here. What are your reporters finding? Peter Crowley : The help wanted signs are just persistent year-round. We're finding restaurants - kitchen help - is especially hard to come by. Restaurants are shutting down certain days, certain meals; restaurants that were always open seven days a week no longer are.
That's new; that's changed. Brian : The economy is strong nationwide as you say. Tourism is up in the North Country. You've been reporting on that as well. But some people think that more needs to be done, and one of the things you reported on was Billy Jones, the state assemblyman from Franklin County, saying to the Regional Economic Development Council, "Get on this. State Assemblyman Billy Jones, left, spoke about labor concerns at this Sept.
Photo: Aaron Cerbone, Adirondack Daily Enterprise Peter : At the REDC meeting at Paul Smith's College there were a bunch of people talking about all these state grants they have gotten over the years and how they have helped the North Country and how the North Country was better off, and it was basically this long litany of positives.
Billy got up there and burst everybody's bubble and said "We're in crisis. Everywhere I go, everybody I talk to, every business owner is having this. It's the same thing I'm hearing all the time. They don't have enough workers. We all need to work on this. Billy, while he was running for office the first time, he brought this up then. We sat down and the first question was kind of loose - "So what are you hearing on the campaign trail?
What are people telling you? Brian : Take it to the next step. Is anybody offering solutions? Obviously we don't have that many young people up here. That's one of the problems of the North Country; we have this aging demographic generally speaking. Not a whole lot of people migrating into this region. A lot of these jobs don't pay all that great. This is a tourism industry. Some do, but there's a lot of service sector working in the kitchen kind of jobs that you wouldn't necessarily relocate here for.
So is anybody offering any kinds of solutions? We did a series more than year ago, what we called " The Labor Gap ," and we've heard a lot of people talking about it since then. We haven't heard a lot of solutions. One of the things that's come out since then is on affordable housing. When I moved here 20 years ago, all my friends were in Lake Placid. They all worked restaurant, hotel , retail kind of jobs, outdoor type jobs. There were lots of those jobs then as now, but now there aren't as many places for those people to live in Lake Placid.
So there are a fair number, I still think. Lake Placid is a kind of place that will draw people in their 20s, for the lifestyle, for the outdoors, activities for just a bunch of young people working in all these places. It was fun, but there aren't as many who can afford to live there. Lake Placid is probably the worst example of this, but it's happening in other towns as well. Brian : There are still people in the North Country that are on unemployment or who are on social service programs.
In many cases in our past reporting these are people that need help, whether it's job skills training or other kinds of support. They might be disabled in some way. Do you know, is there any kind of effort to try to connect the dots there, to say to people, look "here are the skills you need to come help; let's move you into this labor force now? Peter : There are fewer unemployed people than normal but there are people and everybody's different. Some people, their situation limits them on what kinds of jobs they can take.
Either it's a physical condition or it's not having a car or it's whatever. One step that has happened is with people with disabilities. And we've written some success stories about that.
People who have had long-term jobs for years. Brian : All right, we'll keep following this and follow your reporting. This is something certainly we've been hearing about well beyond the Tri-Lakes, this labor shortage, so thank you very much. NCPR provides this essential service. You provide your essential support. You put the "public" in this public service. Donations from you and your neighbors are a big part of what makes our quality journalism possible.
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