Greenvale, Iowa, has become the epicenter of a labor shortage for Iowa.
The number of people employed in the county has been shrinking as the economy has slowed.
That trend has prompted county officials to scramble to find people to fill the void left by the federal government.
But those efforts are being hampered by a shortage of manpower.
The Iowa Department of Labor, according to a report released this week, is short a total of about 50 people.
That’s more than twice the number it had in February and nearly double the number in July, the last month of the current payroll year.
That shortage is not just in Greenvale.
There are about 9,000 workers in Greenville who are looking for jobs in the U.S.
A statewide hiring freeze in Iowa is affecting the county’s economy, according for the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
A shortage of labor is making it difficult for some to find work.
The county’s unemployment rate is nearly 14 percent.
“We are really understaffed, and we have to find a way to fill this gap,” Greenvale County Commissioner Robert McElwee said.
“It’s going to be a challenge for us, but we are going to try.”
A shortage in staffing isn’t the only reason people are leaving the county.
There’s a growing concern that people will have to leave the county if it’s unable to fill positions quickly.
“People are really frustrated, because they are frustrated because they’re not getting the job they want,” said Greenvale Mayor Michael Rinaldi.
McElwees office says the county is trying to hire as many people as possible but the county isn’t seeing that happen quickly enough.
“Our staffing level is not going to meet our needs,” he said.
“There are so many people that have left.
It’s a real drag on the economy.
We need more workers.
We’re not seeing that.”