Will There Be Enough Workers for the State Fair?
With less than a month until the State Fair begins, vendors are hiring staff to serve the droves of people who could turn out during the 12 days of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, which is back on (at least for now) after its 2020 cancellation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But this year, as the pandemic hopefully wanes and the economy makes a comeback, some vendors are finding it harder than in past years to hire enough people to staff their booths.
That’s not necessarily surprising. Between the spring of 2019 and the spring of 2021, Minnesota’s labor force shrunk 1.6 percent, said Oriane Casale, the interim director of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Labor Market Information Office.
The reasons for the dropoff in employment are various: child care issues, lingering COVID-19 fears, a reconsideration of jobs and career for many workers, and an extra $300 per-week in unemployment benefits among them.