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As Jackson Hole enters what is predicted to be one of its busiest summer seasons ever, businesses are reporting employee shortages being blamed squarely on a shortage of affordable housing. PHOTO BY RYAN DORGAN/NEWS&GUIDE FILE

The vast majority of 240 businesses surveyed by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce said housing difficulties are underpinning their difficulty finding workers.

"This is a powerful statistic," the Chamber's President and CEO Anna Olson said at Thursday's Business Over Breakfast. "This is our employers saying, 'We know housing is at the core here.'"

A stark 94.5% of respondents said "challenges related to housing are at the core of their staffing struggles."

This week's iteration of the monthly Chamber-sponsored networking event focused on housing as the community eyes a looming worker shortage and a busy summer season.

Social service providers told the Teton County Board of County Commissioners and Jackson Town Council in May that they were facing an uphill battle finding staff. And, in recent weeks, some restaurants have announced that they're cutting back services because they're unable to find workers.

Local government has been affected as well. The Teton County Library and Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center announced last week that they would be limiting their hours because of staffing constraints.

Read more about the results of the survey and this morning's discussion in tomorrow's Jackson Hole Daily.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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Judd Grossman

Commuter buses may be a better solution than suburban sprawl.

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