We see the signs all over the place. On the faces of restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, post offices, retail shops, and pharmacies, we see “Help Wanted.” And we all feel the effects of staffing difficulties, as employers, employees, customers, and patients — whether it’s through limited operating hours, longer wait times, or reduced supply, to name a few.

Moonshine Ink recently spoke to regional businesses and organizations about the current local staffing shortage causes, effects, and possible solutions. The quotes and faces on this spread are from these conversations. The interviews reveal a clear and worrying trend of staffing struggles, a chief concern for employers, and thus the entire community up here in the High Sierra during this third year of the Covid era and The Great Resignation. 

Watch the short video, Workforce Woes:




  • Ted Coakley III

    Lived: OH-TX-OK-CA-NY-CA Visited (work and/or non-work): many states all over the U.S., MX, Canada, Central & South America, Asia & Europe. High on my wish list is Ireland, all over Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Norway, China, Iran, Bhutan, Ecuador, Iceland, Bali, Baja .... well, okay, any/everywhere would be great to visit. Worked: photo, film/video, manual labor, high finance, menial, profound. Someone recently asked me, "You like to talk to people that others don't like to talk to?" I answered that I do like doing that, as much as talking to anyone else, but it's not "a thing" for me that I'm especially into. A day or two later, it struck me why I was asked that - because a lot of people are not like that ... not like me in that way. I'm glad I'm not like others in that way. ¡All for fun and fun for all!

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