The numbers are heading in the wrong direction


It’s impossible to miss the shortage of workers across Alaska, and certainly in Wrangell. Whether it’s the help wanted signs and advertisements, the social media posts or the cutback in hours and service, the staff shortages are obvious.

And it’s making life harder for many people, such as the Wrangell Senior Center stopping in-person hot lunches and cutting down on rides until it can get back to full staffing.

No doubt there are a lot of reasons why more people don’t apply for the multitude of private- and public-sector job openings, including the lack of affordable child care and...

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