Some northern Michigan businesses are having trouble finding enough workers during the busy summer tourism season.
Even in July, many tourism related businesses are still searching for seasonal employees. And part of the problem may be that fewer young people are staying in northern Michigan over the summer.
Jane Butzier is the operations manager for Northwest Michigan Works. She said it’s a year-round problem, but is heightened during summer.
“There is all the tourism and seasonal employment. So that requires probably more of a younger workforce. The young families and the people who are trying to make this their home, and have families here, need more typically than seasonal employment. So again it’s tapping that younger workforce that we don’t have much of.”
Butzier said she’s been seeing problems like this, especially during the summer, for the last three years.
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