Chamber’s business survey looks to gauge worker shortage issue | Local News

Over the last couple of years, the Bitterroot Valley has grown. The majority of the people who have moved to Ravalli County aren’t looking for work, but they do demand additional services. Businesses have responded to meet that demand.

“It’s created more positions and there’s not the population to fill all of those positions that have been created,” Devlin said. “The only way to fill those gaps is to encourage people to live here and work here.”

If 30% of the people who commute to Missoula to work would find a job in the Bitterroot Valley, Devlin believes much of the worker shortage would be resolved.

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“A huge population drives to Missoula every day,” she said. “If we want them…

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