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Pandemic labor shortage hits Clark County hospitality industry hard

By , Columbian Associate Editor
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Mackenzie Samuelson, from left, of Beaches restaurant chats with customers Andrea Pelton and Maegan Davies while stopping by their table on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021.
Mackenzie Samuelson, from left, of Beaches restaurant chats with customers Andrea Pelton and Maegan Davies while stopping by their table on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Brian Rummer, co-owner of Barlow’s Public House on the Vancouver waterfront, can’t seem to find enough workers to fill open positions at his restaurant. Often when he gets responses and sets up interviews, the applicants stand him up.

“I get the feeling they’re not looking for work,” he said.

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