National worker shortage hits home

MISSOULA COUNTY - Signs that read "Please be patient - We are short staffed," "Now hiring" and "Closed due to short staff" have become common for customers to see when entering local businesses this summer. The fluctuating spread of COVID-19 has upended countless aspects of daily life, especially in the business world. Over the season, employers around the U.S. experienced a widespread workforce shortage resulting in delayed material shipments, restricted operating hours and longer wait times.

Local businesses have not been immune to this nationwide trend. While some are struggling to keep the...


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