Windows double as large-scale hiring advertisements at the McDonald’s at the corner of South Douglas Highway and Camel Drive on Thursday afternoon. Although unemployment rates for the state and Campbell County have dropped considerably in recent months, many businesses report trouble hiring and retaining people willing to work.
You may have seen more “help wanted” signs flapping in the breeze around town lately. Maybe you even noticed reduced business hours at some local stores or restaurants. Or perhaps the wait time in the drive-thru line has been taking longer than it used to.
Around Gillette, and throughout the country, businesses are struggling to hire employees after more than a year of cutbacks, shutdowns and a problematic pandemic. And while diagnosing what’s becoming an employment crisis is simple, explaining it is much more complicated.