Business & economy

Malheur County should brace for continuing labor shortage, economist says

A large crowd was on hand for the economic breakfast Thursday, March 31, at Four Rivers Cultural Center. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO ­– Employers should anticipate years of challenge filling jobs as the economy recovers from the pandemic and seniors speed up their retirement, an Idaho state economist told an Ontario audience last week.

Craig Shaul, an analyst with the Idaho Department of Labor, said participation in the labor force in Idaho is lower than it has been in about 50 years. Participation is a measure of those 16 . . .