Bar Harbor still feeling the effects of labor shortage

BAR HARBOR, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) - It's the first day of summer and tourists are flocking to coastal towns like Bar Harbor, but businesses there are still feeling the effects of a labor shortage.

Patrick Morgan, President of Witham Family Hotels, says this is the longest the company has gone without receiving H2B visa workers since 2008 when they didn't have any.

"The need is substantial," Morgan said.

H2B visa workers are the lifeblood of a dwindling workforce in Bar Harbor, especially during the summer months when tourism is at its peak. 

Morgan says several companies in town have had trouble recruiting Mainers to work on the island because of a high cost of living. He also says it is hard for local people to find affordable housing.

Morgan says he's not sure when the workers will arrive this year, but adds that Witham Family Hotels has been adjusting to the challenge. 

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