Online Poll: Worker shortage?

Sep 07, 2017

This week we are asking:

"Which is it, a shortage of workers or a shortage of jobs that pay a living wage?"

Employers have been saying, as it says in the good book, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." But we also hear from would-be employees that local businesses pay too little to live on and do not offer important benefits such as health insurance. Which is it? What do you think?

See attached chart for responses to last week's On The Line poll. Turns out most people taking the poll are not offended by displays of the Confederate flag and do not feel Confederate statues should be removed.

Participation in On The Line polls is free and anonymous. You must visit to take our latest poll.

Results appear first in The Courier-Gazette and are published online each Thursday at 11 a.m.

For more information email Dan Dunkle at or call 594-4401 ext. 122.

Editor's note: On The Line polls are not scientific samplings of local opinion, but they do offer readers an opportunity to share their views online and in the newspaper.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 10, 2017 08:49

There may be many reasons such as poor pay, expecting more for less from workers, lack of benefits and some can't pass a drug test. The work ethic seems to not be as it was in the past and I don't think money will fix it.

Posted by: Joe Link | Sep 08, 2017 09:51

I think the real problem is---(drum roll please)--- "Shortage of people WILLING/WANTING to work"!

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