Businesses report hiring struggles

Much like the rest of the country, several businesses in Wrangell said hiring has become a greater struggle than in the past.

“I haven’t had a full staff in a year and a half,” said Josh Young, with J&W’s. “I hired my first new employee in over a year four days ago.”

J&W’s is looking for at least two more people to staff its kitchen, Young said, but he would prefer more.

Normally there’s an influx of applications around May, kids looking for summer jobs. That hasn’t happened this year.

The odd thing, he said, is while the restaurant is only operating in the afternoons on weekdays due to the st...


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