Weekend Poll: Why Are Wyoming Businesses Having a Hard Time Hiring People?
It seems that businesses across Wyoming are having a hard time finding good people to work for them.
It's difficult to quantify exactly how bad the problem is, but it's been a regular topic on social media in Wyoming lately. It's not unusual to see employers asking for applicants and/or complaining that ''nobody wants to work anymore."
In Cheyenne this weekend, at least one convenience store that is normally open 24 hours a day closed at 8:30 Saturday night and didn't reopen until 6 a.m. Sunday. The problem seems especially pronounced in service industry jobs, such as restaurants and convenience stores. So what is the problem?
Some people claim potential employees have gotten lazy during the COVID pandemic. There are folks who also say the federal stimulus checks and (until recently) extra money in unemployment benefits have given people the option to not work. Others say that the after-effects of the pandemic itself are in play and that many people are still nervous about dealing with the public.
Then there are those who say it's all about the money. They argue the minimum wage just isn't worth going to work for these days, especially for single parents who have to factor in the costs of childcare, not to mention gas to get to work and back.
So what do you think? Take our poll and give us your opinion.