Vermont Faces Seasonal Worker Shortage Due To Visa Cap

Apr 20, 2017

Businesses in Vermont are struggling to deal with a lack of seasonal workers due to the congressional cap on the number of H-2B work visas made available annually.

Businesses like ski resorts rely on seasonal labor due to Vermont's low unemployment rate. The Burlington Free Press reports Mike Solimano, who runs Killington, Vermont's largest ski resort, says it is hard to find residents who are interested in seasonal jobs, and those who are can be difficult to retain. Solimano also says that a number of unemployed may not be employable.

Another issue is a widening age gap. Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce President Tom Torti says the state is not producing and retaining young people as residents.

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