SEASIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — The machine behind the counter at The Buzz Candy on Broadway in Seaside has swirled up every kind of fudge you can imagine. There’s an 18-foot-long chocolate case, chocolate -overed Twinkies, coconut and whiskey truffles and about every other sort of candy you can imagine.
But there is one thing not in plentiful supply this year: workers.
Carolyn Tunison at The Buzz Candy said they have 9 employees “and we’d like to have 2 more.”
One of their new workers is Megan Bronson.
“I love it down here ever since we moved here it’s a lot better. Even the jobs here, there are a lot more jobs here than there were in Portland,” she told KOIN 6 News. “Pay is pretty good and living is good, too.”
She said she wants part-time work. Her husband has a job in the area, and she makes minimum wage. But the money, she said, goes farther than it does in Portland.
“There aren’t enough people to cover the jobs, plain and simple,” Seaside resident Mark Hayes said. “Everybody’s got signs out and nobody can find anyone qualified or otherwise. I heard there are a couple of the larger hotels here in town that are giving $500 signing bonuses to come and be a housekeeper.”
Across the street from Buzz Candy, Lynn Hadley is looking for 2 more employees for her business. She said she’s not sure if nobody wants to work of if people aren’t here, but she did say the worker shortage is citywide.
“Seaside in particular, it seems like people sort of, like, move in frequently, so it’s a constantly changing workforce,” Hadley said.