Summer Help Shortage On Cape Cod, Says Chamber Of Commerce CEO

Chatham Beach on Cape Cod. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Cape Cod businesses are having trouble finding enough seasonal employees for the summer, according to the local Chamber of Commerce.

All indications are that it should be a strong Memorial Day weekend and a terrific summer of tourism on the Cape, according to Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross.

"We're looking to have really strong domestic traveler numbers this year on the Cape," she said. "Along with that, I think some of the international tourism is back. Last year, we saw a little bit of an erosion from our international markets, but I think it's back this year--I think it's back quite strongly, as a matter of fact."

But Northcross told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens that it's tough finding enough summer help.

"We find employers, even though they have housing, even though they have signing bonuses and bonuses if you stay through the end of the season, we're just finding a continuing challenge to find seasonal employees enough to fill the demand."

They tried recruiting workers from Puerto Rico, but said there's too much red tape down there--the island doesn't want good workers to leave.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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