March 14, 2022 6:00am

The workforce shortage is real, and it's a big problem.

All our respondents agree: This is bad news for our economy.

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By Matthew Albright
Baton Rouge, LA Correspondent

Welcome back to Power Poll Baton Rouge.

This month, we're asking our members about the workforce shortage. Everybody from restaurants to schools to chemical plants to local governments is having a hard time filling jobs they have open.

Almost all our respondents said the workforce shortage is a major problem for their organization; all the rest said it was a problem, just a minor one.

But all our respondents said they've encountered problems with other organizations that are dealing with workforce shortages.

What's causing the workforce shortage? Our respondents have a mixed view of that. The two biggest factors they ranked are wages and employee attitudes.

When we asked how worried they are about the long-term impacts of the workforce shortage, the answer is clear: Our respondents are pretty worried!

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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