Help Wanted: Hilton Head Island faces worker shortage

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Posted: Aug 08, 2016 11:42 AM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Help Wanted signs are posted across South Carolina's Hilton Head Island and employers say it's harder than ever to find good employees.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/2b0r8wf ) the shortage began to be a problem about a decade ago. But this year the shortage was so acute one hotel delayed the opening of a pool bar because it could find no one to staff it. Another hotel resort says it could use 50 more workers.

An estimated 8,400 workers are needed to serve a tourism industry that attracts about 2.6 million visitors yearly,

The newspaper reports the worker shortage is expected to get worse as rents on the island increase and new job opportunities are created on the mainland.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com